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Biker Association encourages people to be aware of their surroundings on the road

'We're done losing people'
Posted at 10:01 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 01:39:51-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — In separate incidents, two people on motorcycles died in collisions on the road this weekend.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department say in 2019, there have been four deaths from motorcyclist collisions.

The Biker Association in Tucson said every crash involving a motorcyclist affects them.

"One of the guys who died yesterday is an uncle of a friend of ours. He was here visiting and now they have to lay him to rest," Biker Association Chair Theresa Ulibarri said. "We're sad. We're done losing people."

PCSD encourages motorcyclists to drive defensively.

"In most cases, when there is a collision, the first thing the driver of the car says, I did not see a motorcycle. PCSD Motor Deputy Jose Velasco said. "People aren't conditioned to see the single headlight traveling towards them."

Ulibarri said motorcyclist understand it can sometimes be their fault because they may be driving too fast or don't have the proper training.

"We know we have a responsibility, and we try on our end, we do," Ulibarri said. "We need them (motorist) to help us to, we really do. It's dangerous out here."

Velasco said it's important for both motorcyclist and motorist to remember to share the road.

"Look out for one another," Velasco said. "Motorcyclist please watch your speed and drive defensively."

Motorcyclists need to remember to get a motorcycle license before getting on the road, Velasco said.

The Biker Association said they just want to be seen on the road, so they encourage everyone to always be aware of their surroundings while on the roadways.