Share the Road event raises motorcycle awareness in East Texas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Darrick Henderson led the pack in the "Share the Road" motorcycle ride through East Texas Saturday morning. He wanted to raise awareness of motorcycle riders on the road.

"There's a lot more bikes right now that I've seen than ever," said President of the Warriors for Christ, Darrick Henderson. "So, there's a lot more of us, and we just want to make sure that we're as visible as possible."

Because of the high volume of traffic on the highways during the busy October and November months, TxDot and DPS partner with motorcyclists to make others aware of their presence on the roadways.

"A lot more motorcycles on the roadway due to gas prices and more people just become more interested in motorcycle riding," said DPS spokesperson, Greg Sanches.

Sanches says there are a lot more motorcycle riders in the fall because the weather finally permits an opportunity for a more pleasant ride.

By partnering together, TxDot and DPS hope to help cut down on the number of motorcyclist fatalities.

"Be aware of the motorcycles on the road," said Traffic Safety Specialist for TxDot, Robyn Herring. "We've had so many fatalities in our area in the last several months. So, we're just trying to promote this important message for our motorcycle riders."

Many cyclists are involved in accidents due to drinking and biking.

Henderson says his group, the Warriors for Christ's, message is simple, spread the gospel and ride safely.

"I see how it affects families and how it affects the friends involved. So, it's just something that needs to be seen and so we can make everybody aware of it," said Henderson.

The motorists rode through Lufkin and Nacogdoches, ending their day with a lesson on safety.

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