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Motorcyclists push for safety as weather warms up

Posted: 5:27 PM, May 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-04 18:27:35-04
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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — People rallied near a busy Bluemound Road and Highway 100 intersection trying to urge drivers to look out for motorcyclists.

The organized event fell a day after a deadly motorcycle crash shut down I-94 in Milwaukee Friday.

"My sign says I'm not just a biker, I'm a grandma," said Audrey Wissmann.

Wissman said in nearly two decades riding her motorcycle she has experienced some close calls.

"One time I was riding down the road and this lady was kind of swerving and I kind of looked at her window and there she is eating a dish of ice cream with both hands," she said.

ABATE of Wisconsin organized the event. People stood around the intersection holding signs to remind others to help keep motorcyclists safe.

"We truly believe that keeping the public aware of us being on the road, letting them know that we're out here is going to help save a life," said Tiger Beyer, ABATE of Wisconsin's Milwauke County Region Representative.

2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found motorcyclist deaths happened 28 times more often than deaths in other vehicles.

"All of us had multiple roles. Were ants, uncles, parents. Our families want to see us get home safely," said Wissmann.

As of April 28, 2019, Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported five people died in motorcycle crashes. Julien Selby of Brookfield was identified by Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office as the 22-year-old who died in motorcyle crash Friday, bumping the state number up to six.