Motorcycle riders rally on the steps of the capitol

Motorcycle riders rally on the steps of the capitol
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POSTED: Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 7:55pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 8:04pm

Dozens of motorcycle riders from across Louisiana gathered for a rally on the capitol steps. The goal was raise awareness about motorcycle rider safety, and to encourage other motorist to be aware of riders on the roadways.

The event also honored those who lost their lives in motorcycle accidents.

“My husband was seven miles from home when he was hit,” Stephanie Worley, who lost her husband in an accident, said.

Stephanie Worley’s husband Jerry was killed when a driver hit his bike.

Now she's asking other drivers to pay better attention on the roads.

“You've got to be so much more careful. People driving cars just do not pay attention to us. We are out there,” She said.

She went on to say, “Pay attention there is nothing between us and pavement but air. Vehicles have cages around them. Ya'll have safety protectors. We don't. The only thing between us and that pavement is air. Once we hit it [the pavement] there is a good possibility we are not getting back up.”

Other riders were glad for the opportunity to raise awareness for the cause.

“It’s really important for the other motorists to recognize the motorcycle, look for the motorcycle, and anything that helps to raise awareness is important and we support it,” Terri Witt, rider, said.

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