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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – -May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and you’ll see a lot more of them as the weather continues to get warmer.

But a Sioux Falls man says he’ll probably never ride again after he was hit on his motorcycle two summers ago.

“Honestly I just thought this is going to be it for me,” Dustin Wellman said.

Wellman remembers being in the hospital, but he also remembers what happened when a car pulled out in front of him.

“Threw me through the front windscreen up over her hood and about 40 feet on the other side of her car and when I came to, I knew I was pretty mangled,” Wellman said.

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Wellman was wearing a helmet, but he broke several bones including his leg, his arm, and his pelvis.

“There’s going to be a lot of bikes out, South Dakota is actually the largest per capita for motorcycle registration in the United States,” Dave Brende of Those Guys Abate said.

Dave Brende with Those Guys Abate and I decided to take a little ride for this story to talk about staying safe on a bike.

“They haven’t been out since last fall, so we want car drivers to look twice, check their mirrors, just be aware that the motorcycle riders are back out on the road,” Brende said.

Here’s another sign.

“These signs you’ll start seeing out in yards across South Dakota just to bring awareness that the bikes are back out on the road,” Brende said.

Brende says bikers have a responsibility too.

“Never take it for granted that you are being seen by somebody in a car at an intersection, you’re putting your life in their hands,” Brende said.

Something Wellman knows all too well. He hasn’t been on a bike since his crash.

“I have a lot of life to live, I want to live forever; I’m scared to get back on one,” Wellman said.

Bikers can respect that, but for others like myself, riding is something we love to do while trying to do it safely.

Brende also wants to remind people who mow ditches to not shoot the grass clippings onto the highway.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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