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Motorcyclists talk road safety

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With hundreds of thousands of riders here in South Dakota, many would call it a way of life.

One of those people is Robert Baker.

"99% of the time, I'm riding my bike. I haven't driven my truck in a month. It's pretty important, not matter where I go. I can still put groceries in the back. I enjoy it," Robert Baker said.

He's been riding for more than 40  years and that speaks volumes about how important his safety really is. Especially when it comes to other drivers on the road.

"People need to be aware that we're out there. Don't follow us so close, that's the worst thing. If we have to stop, it's a lot quicker if you do," Baker said.

He also mentions it's hard when drivers don't use their blinkers, they're talking on their cell phone or drinking and driving. After two deadly accidents, motorcycle riders around the community are feeling the impacts.

"It's about the awareness for all of us to understand motorcycles and drinking and all the combination to which people die and we only live once," Terry Barton said.

Some would argue that motorcycles are dangerous while others say it's people and drivers in general.

"There are people out there who don't care. I won't get on my bike or into my truck if I've been drinking, not even one," Baker said.

Of course, staying safe isn't just in the hands of motorcycle riders  but all motorists who fill the roads.

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