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Black Hawk County raising motorcycle awareness

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- May is national motorcycle awareness month. Hundreds of riders were in Black Hawk county today to take part in the annual motorcycle awareness ride.

May is a time when motorcycle riders can finally get their bikes back on the road.

"We are out here to alert drivers that after a long winter absence motorcyclists are back on the roads in Iowa." said Dawn Wessels, Public Relations Director of ABATE of Iowa District 16.

One of the biggest dangers motorcycle riders face is not being seen by other drivers.

Riders hope this event will make other motorists aware.

"One of the major things that are said after motorcyclists are in an accident with another vehicle is that I just didn't see him of her and we need to be seen so that's what this is all about." said Wessels

J. R. Webb has taken part in this awareness ride since the late nineteen eighties and he says he sees a lot of drivers who need to give more respect to motorcyclists on the road.

"People crossing lanes two or three times, running stop lights, stop signs, not being aware of what we're doing. Hitting their breaks too fast, swerving." said Webb.

Wessels says she hopes cars will just be aware now.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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