|Published:||May 23, 2013 4:12 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 23, 2013 5:54 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Sierra Armour rode her motorcycle down Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers strapped with a camera. The helmet camera captured the moment a car pulled out in front of Sierra's bike. It looks like bad judgement on the driver's part, but Sierra says this little encounter happens too much, and that's why she continues to push for vehicles to be aware of motorcycles on the road.
"I pray every time before I get on the bike, I really hope I don't get hit because I want to live for my son, to see him grow up," said Armour.
These two wheels are her only means of transportation, and everytime she gets on her bike, she says she's gambling.
"I've had people tailgating me. I've had people cut out in front of me. I've had people slam on their brakes because they decided, 'Oh, there's my turn," Armour told WINK.
But it's not the bike or the road she is scared of; it's the fact that drivers seem a little too distracted when they are behind the wheel.
"They just don't care. They say that they don't see us, but how can you not us? How can you not see my pink mohawk? How can you not see the bright colors I wear most of the time," Armour said.
In the last few weeks, families have lost loved ones and friends. She says the roads of Southwest Florida have become a death trap for motorcyclists. These images show the different bike versus car accidents on our roadways in the last few weeks.
"I just wish it would stop happening so much because you never really heard of so many accidents with motorcycles, that many fatalities on motorcycles. People are just being a lot more careless and I want bikers to be more aware."
The Florida Highway Patrol is one of the agencies that have to respond when tragedy happens.
"Motorcyclist are more susceptible than a vehicle because they don't have the protection of the vehicle itself; As long as we are out there playing by the same rules and obeying the same traffic laws, things will go a lot smoother," said Lt. Greg Bueno with FHP.
We asked Sierra why this is an emotional issue, her answer explains it all.
"Because I don't want to die, but I want to ride."
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