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Active Alive: Couple's event will raise road safety awareness

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - Experts say nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed in crashes by cars each year nationally. More than 5,000 motorcyclists and about 800 bicyclists die on public roads across the country.  

Just Drive With Resolve. That is the motto of Tambra Wilkerson for her road safety awareness event "Active Alive." She says she wants people before they take the road to be more mindful of their surroundings.

"We want to do our part to help all the drivers on the road understand; we have a shared responsibility," explained Wilkerson.

The event coordinator and her husband are bringing people together to educate them about sharing public roads.

"Because it can be your friend, neighbor or loved one," said Wilkerson. "We want to make sure we do our best the roads are safe for everyone that's using them."

Active Alive comes one year after Wilkerson's son died in a motorcycle accident.

The event is to bring more attention to those on the blindside like pedestrians, bicyclist and motorcycles.  

"We want people when they get in their car instead of having an accident and saying afterward,  I didn't see them, or I didn't mean to," said Wilkerson. "We want them to think and deliberate every time they step in a car and say, I'm going to drive with the intent of not to have an accident."

One motorcyclist told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson, he hopes the event will help people pay attention better when riders are nearby. Also, to watch out for people walking the neighborhood.

"We want locals to understand to watch out for bicyclist," explained Richard Ingram. "It's a certain growing activity, and a necessity for all of us to get out and meet each other while being active and healthy."

Families who have lost loved ones in crashes like Wilkerson's son signed a banner in their memory.

Ingram says Active Alive is good for all drivers to talk about sharing the roadways.

"You get so caught up in the moment driving a car, driving a motorcycle, ride a bike you might forget about one another," said Ingram. "We want today to punctuate that activity to watch for one another."

Wilkerson hopes Active Alive will become an annual event, which will be beneficial to promote healthy living and road safety.

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