COLLIN CO., TX -- Fatal accidents are far too common for all types of vehicles, including motorcycles. Riders in North Texas are creating awareness in their own unique way.
More than 140 motorcyclists assemble on Highway 160 in Collin County Saturday, all coming together place a red cross in honor of a fellow rider who died in an accident two years ago.
"The motorcycle community is one big family, everybody always comes together to help each other,” says Gary Winters, a Patriot Guard Ride Captain.
The idea of a red cross marking the site of a fatal motorcycle accident is new. The one placed Saturday was the first. Winters says he hopes the red crosses will raise awareness of all motorists.
"It's real important, you see the white crosses everywhere and everybody stops and looks or stops and thinks about it for a minute. Seeing the red crosses maybe they'll think a little bit and watch out for motorcyclists on the road," says Winters.
Robin Warfield helped organize Saturday’s ceremony, and she says it’s been four months in the making. She has been personally effected by tragedy, with some of her friends losing their lives on the road
"Several of my friends have died in motorcycle accidents, and it's hard to take. It's real hard to take when someone's not paying attention. And that's what we're trying to do, just bring awareness. People, pay attention to what you're doing out there," says Warfield.
She says it filled her heart to see so many people at the ceremony Saturday morning, with everyone showing their support and commitment to keeping the roadways safe.