Texoma ABATE reminds drivers to look twice for motorcycles

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX-One local motorcycle association reminds drivers to be aware of motorcyclists sharing the roadways.
Members of Texoma ABATE have been giving out signs to drivers at the Exxon on highway 82 and 75 Saturday, reminding them to look twice for bikers. Coordinator, Skee Dodson, said 50 percent of motorcycle accidents happen at intersections and 4 out of 5 drivers involved in a motorcycle accident said they didn't see the bikers.
Dodson said he faces many close calls every time he's on a motorcycle.

"Everyday there's more people out here that are texting, talking on the phone, not paying attention and it's always boiling down to paying attention while you're driving," he said.

May is motorcycle safety awareness month.

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  • by Alf on May 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
    I'm reassured by your responses that I am correct. The average IQ of a RUB, or fake biker is around 65. And that's close to mentally disabled.
  • by Rider Location: Sherman on May 16, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    Hey alf tough luck
  • by Rider Location: Here on May 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    I'm aware of my motorcycle year round, not just in May.
  • by Me on May 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
    Dear Organ Donors, If you want to be seen, stop wearing black.
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      by Rider on May 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM in reply to Me
      If I wore brighter colors that would only make me an easier target for you to aim at.
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      by Biker on May 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM in reply to Me
      Open your Eyes Butthead and learn to drive a car.People like you that kill bikers in your cars should all burn in hell.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    What makes me mad is that we have a law, a law that says we have to wear a seat belt and if we don't we will get a ticket, makes no sense at all when you see a person or persons on a motorcycle without a helmet on, now thats the idiot! If you are going to make a law make it where every person driving a motorcycle wear a helmet!
  • by old school Location: then n now on May 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Alf, I'm sorry for your misfortune. The whole purpose of this campaign is to stop accidents like the one that happened to you. Personally, I LOVE to ride, if I die, know I died doing what I love. @Kaye, this has nothing to do with your charity work. This is about motorcycle awareness. Abate is NOT a charity organization.. it's a MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION!! That is there to work with our state (&/or) federal government about the the laws we feel are just and fair. The political figures don't know what motorcyclist want if we don't work with them and share our input. I do charity work because I want too, NOT to brag about it so someone may pat me on the back. Don't get me wrong... ABATE members do charity work, but that's not what the organization is all about. If we can have just one person see a sign and the next time they are stopped they look one extra time and avoid an accident (2 or 4wheels) then the purpose is served. When passing... think.... is there a motorcycle in front of the one I'm passing???? And what evasive action can I take if there is???? Drive/ride safe and friendly everyone.... SHARE THE ROAD. RIDE FREE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ABATE. A HUGE THANKS TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO WEAR/NOT WEAR A HELMET.
  • by Kaye Location: Here on May 14, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    Hey ALF you dont know us. I stood on that corner 8 hrs for the cause. I have also rode for kids Christmas Toy Runs, Benefits for people of all walks of life for everything from Cancer to Autism. We collect food for the homeless and clothes at our monthly meetings, supplies, clothes, n food for the Crisis center. We do alot of good on our motorcycles for our community. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS, THE KID DOWN THE STREET, OR THE LADY NEXTDOOR NEEDING HER YARD MOWED...I raised money for my neighbors, toys for the kid down the street n I mow my neighbors yard for free every week for the last 14yrs cause she can't. Who Are You? I bet your neighbors don't even know your name... I AM THE BIKER NEXT DOOR!!!
  • by Jobe on May 14, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    Alot of times its the motorcycles speeding weaving in and out of traffic. But of course the person with the 4 wheeled vehicle gets blamed for it. How about you motorcyclist quit driving like idiots and I bet the amount of accidents will go down tremendously.
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      by Jacob on May 14, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to Jobe
      Deal, but only if you 4 wheeled vehicle drivers quit texting and talking on the cellphones and driving like idiots also. I bet accidents will go down tremendously.
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        by Jobe on May 15, 2012 at 08:37 AM in reply to Jacob
        Sounds like a deal to me! Now if we can only get the rest of America to take the time to drive careful and pay attention.
  • by J.D. Location: Sherman on May 14, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    Hey ALF."We" all know the risk & so did you. So why are you crying to us? CHILL
  • by Alf on May 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    For some reason this ticks me off. Even though I rode a motorcycle as my only means of transportation from 15 years old until my early 20's. A little lady pulled out in front of me one day. Didn't see me. I smacked her and went sailing. Helmet came off and hit the back of my head. Blind for several minutes. Never been on a motorcycle since. If you CHOOSE to ride don't be surprised if you are maimed or die. My friend lost a leg. If you ride a motorcycle when you have a car don't come crying to me about people not seeing you. YOU made the choice. Live, or die, with it.
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      by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 03:41 PM in reply to Alf
      Your A Joke I think you hit your little head to hard.
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      by Arf on May 14, 2012 at 09:37 AM in reply to Alf
      It's scary to think that your vote counts as much as mine...
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