By Alicia Neaves
MIDLAND - Bikers are taking big risks, riding on our basin roads. Sadly, they've seen the highest number of deaths this year.
One group wants to put the brakes on that and they could be getting help from Midland Mayor-Elect Jerry Morales.
There have been 18 accidents involving motorcycles since the beginning of the year.
Mayor-Elect Morales says
in order for the total number of fatalities on our roads to decrease, it
requires team work.
"Anything we can do as a community to help TXDOT and work together to keep these fatalities down, that's what we're gonna do," Morales said.
Morales says, if anything, the motorcycle family could teach other drivers a thing or two.
On Wednesday, in the State of the Economy, Morales stressed his plans to help reduce the number of fatalities on West Texas roads.
One part of his plan is working directly with TXDOT, who has made a financial commitment to install wire fences along the highway from Midland to Odessa.
"That will help drivers that might be texting or on the phone or fall asleep to not veer into the other lanes across the median and into the other lanes," Morales said.
Morales is also planning to set up campaigns.
"No texting and driving campaigns. Campaigns keep the message in front of you all the time," Morales said.
With these plans in place, drivers will be more alert on the roads. That way drivers of any type of vehicle will be equally safe.
Brandon Van Huss is the founder of the Midland/Odessa Group of Texas Sport Bike Riders.
He stresses the importance of learning the fundamentals first before heading out on the open road.
"Not only riding smart and doing things safely, but you need to understand how to maintain your motorcycle so that you're safe from the second you even get on the road," Van Huss said. "Those here at Legacy Harley Davidson would agree. Before jumping on one of these, make your education on how to ride safely a top priority"
"Just be open minded. And learn and listen to what more experienced riders have to say. It will save your life," Van Huss said.
All accidents can be prevented, Morales says with no accidents, there is no domino effect.
No matter what vehicle you drive, it's always vital to prepare for the unpredictable," Morales said.