Oahu's motorcycle community riding to raise safety awarenessUPDATED 6:44 PM HST Apr 13, 2014Video Transcript
With rising gas prices many drivers are transitioning from 4 wheels to two. But motorcycles and mopeds have safety issues to consider. Some in Oahu's motorcycle community feel they're being maliciously targeted on the roadway....and are taking action against it. 17-23 57-1.03 131-135 NATS MOTORCYCLE STARTING There's no other sound like it. NATS GROUP LEAVING Even harder to miss is when biker buds embark on a group ride. But recently there have been reports of riders getting the wrong kind of attention...from drivers of other vehicles on the highway. JACK HUGHES FOUNDER WATCH OUT 2:46 I know that the one that my friend was involved with it was malicious. The guy was driving erratic in front of her, swerving back and forth. Pumping his brakes 2:58 That incident led to a crash, sending the motorcyclist to the hospital. Jack Hughes, of the motorcycle safety group Watch Out, says this wasn't the first malicious incident. 1:20 - 1:28 One of the things I found out was several motorcyclists were having incidents but they weren't reporting it. Because it wasn't being reported, it wasn't being linked together. That prompted Hughes to coordinate a meeting with different motorcycle clubs and Honolulu Police to find out how prevalent are these kinds of attacks....and what can be done to end them. RONNIE SENTERS 14-YEAR MOTORCYCLE RIDER 9:53 I don't know if they realize it, but in the vehicle they're protected.9:56 Us out here on two wheels, we don't have the security of an aluminum or steel frame around us. So if you just tap out tire and we lay our bike down that could be the end of our life. Hughes says sharing the road and safety awareness has to start with other drivers. 6:04 We don't have time to stop and try to dig out a phone and call 9-1-1. If you see something in your car, your phone is right there, you can pick it up and call 9-1-1. Despite the hazards of the road...and the added danger of unsafe drivers....riders say they'll continue to roll on. GREG MASSARO 14 YEAR RIDER 17:15 High risk, high reward. Riding a motorcycle is like nothing else in the world. Nothing else will ever compare to it. So is it worth the risk? 100 percent. The meeting organized by Watch Out is Thursday 7 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Association off Nimitz.