Community Shines Light on Motorcycle Safety After Tragic Death

- July 18, 2014 - Thousands of bikers will be on the roadways in Erie this weekend. The “look twice save a life,” mantra is hitting home for many local and out of town motorcyclists especially after William Stablein, Sr. was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday evening.

Experts urge both bikers and drivers to keep an open eye and ear on the roadways as distracted driving is becoming a bigger issue. "With that many bikes in town, there's such an increase that people aren't watching for them normally. It's just gonna be scary this weekend and both sides have to be watching out for one another," Vince Rizzone, founder of Mission Riders, said.

PennDOT is stressing motorists drive with care as the electronic billboards on the highways urge drivers to look out for motorcycles.

"You have to anticipate that person is not gonna see me and what am I gonna do if they pull out in front of me. Maybe it's a thing where you slow down a little bit and flash your lights," Rizzone said.

Bob Menzies from the Murrysville Alliance Church in Murrysville, Pa. says he will pray for his fellow bikers all weekend long but he stresses this; "Safety is something you can't ever let up on. Be on top of it and aware so easy to just forget safety."

Some members of the biker community said they will hold special prayer services to pay tribute to William Stablein, Sr. and the blessing of the bikes Sunday will be an even more emotional time.

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