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To the Editor:
The first day of spring I saw two motorcycles out for a first run. I sat down and cried because a year ago one of those riders would have been our son.

One careless move from another driver wiped out all his and our hopes and dreams. Dustin was a very careful rider but that doesn't help when most drivers are in such a hurry. Failing to stop at stop signs, not using turn signals, tailgating, cutting off other drivers and passing on solid lines seems to be just part of everyday driving now, but at what cost?

Try thinking for a moment what it would be like to be one of the dozen or more families who had loved ones killed on motorcycles last summer. What has been taken away from all of us can never be replaced nor will we ever totally recover. There is no justice for those families. Put yourselves in our place before you get behind the wheel. Lives depend on it.

After Dustin's accident, we purchased and distributed 1,000 bumper stickers all over Canada both as a memorial to a wonderful young man and to increase awareness of motorcycles and their right to be on the road. So watch out for them.

Our family would like to say a huge thank you to everyone displaying stickers. Hopefully our bright yellow message will make people stop and think. Don't let someone else's loved one be just a statistic on our highways.

To all bikers, Have a wonderful summer and ride safely.

Check twice save a life, motorcycles are everywhere.

Myles and Cheryl Lord

Bedeque

Geographic location: Canada

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