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About 150 Bikers Ride from Neosho to Joplin in Honor of Robert Brown

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Roy Moore revs his engine, roaring loud to raise awareness that motorcycles have equal rights to the road.

Moore rides in memory of his close friend Robert Brown who died in a motorcycle accident when a car leaving a gas station hit him.

“Going through the ride, he's going to be riding with us. He's going to be with us in spirit and heart and i'm going to be giving my spirit and heart,” says Moore.

Brown was riding in a group as is recommended. But it's important drivers play their part too. And make sure they take the appropriate amount of time to look left and right, and maybe left again before crossing into oncoming traffic, so an accident like this doesn't happen again.

“We ask that both motorcycle riders and vehicle operators watch for motorcycles. Approximately 50% of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle,” says Newton County Patrol Sergeant Jerry Hornback.

He and his friends wear bright orange t-shirts to make a statement about safety.

And with the warmer weather, more motorcycles will soon be sharing the road. Drivers should adjust their typical following distance between cars from two to four seconds for motorcycles

“A motorcycle is going to swerve to miss obstacles in the roadway more so than a car will. Potholes, debris in the roadway. Where a car can run over them, that's more difficult and dangerous for a motorcycle to hit those obstacles. And they're going to swerve, they're going to change lanes, and it would be unexpected to the vehicle behind them,” says Hornback.

And a crash can take its toll on more than just the rider.

“It's not just one person out there, it's not just the guy on the bike. It's the whole family,” says Moore.

Brown who was 26 was a husband and father of two just starting out in life.

Friends are hoping to raise about five thousand dollars for the victim's wife Hannah and two boys get through this tough time. If you'd like to donate, here's a link to their “GoFundMe” account.
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