A mother of a killed biker wrote to me.
“Saw your article on Bike Week, this is what I do 24/7 –God Bless. Since the death of my son Gene in May of 2005, I have become a Mother on a Mission for Motorcycle Awareness in Florida. I have turned a negative situation into one that will benefit others. I try to help educate the public that motorcycles deserve the same respect as other vehicles. To share the roads safely and to remember to LOOK TWICE-SAVE A LIFE MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE.“
I have 15 Yellow Cabs riding around with the Look Twice-Save a Life message. 14 Bus Benches located in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties have the purple/white message. 3 Billboards donated by Clear Channel and CBS have been up alerting motorist to LOOK TWICE. 1340AM Tan Talk Radio Station airs my Public Safety Message to LOOK TWICE-SAVE A LIFE throughout their daily programs.
A Public Safety Commercial that was produced for me and is shown 400 times a week by Knology Cable TV, can be viewed on my web site. 14 Bus Shelters have been donated by Clear Channel and have the LOOK TWICE-SAVE A LIFE message in Pinellas County for the next 4 years on a rotation basis. Hartline Bus Company has donated 10 Buses with the bumper sticker message 30in high x 80in long side of their buses. To be kept on indefinitely.
I give bumper stickers away free and with the help of local DMV and Tax Collector’s Offices in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Full Throttle magazine also distributes them state wide as they deliver their magazines. As of date 33,000 have been distributed. In less than a year I have started the Gene Pearson Motorcycle Awareness Foundation, where you can view most of my donated awareness items. The website is www.genepearson.org. All of the above items are up and running at this time.
I am constantly looking for ways to keep motorists aware of motorcycles as they travel our roads, if you can help me in any way, I would welcome your assistance.
Thank you for your time’. Respectfully, Diane/Mother on a Mission. 202 Timberview Drive. Safety Harbor, Florida 34695