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'Ride to Work' Promotes Safe Riding, Road Sharing

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LAS VEGAS -- Motorcyclists and local authorities are using "Ride to Work" day to remind everyone to share the road.

This year, there has been 16 motorcycle deaths in Nevada.

John Cahill is an experienced motorcycle rider.

"I'm excited," Cahill said. "I'll be 68 this summer, and I'm still riding."

On Monday, Cahill left his Henderson home and hit the road for Ride to Work day. Getting his thrills on two wheels, he rode to work to serve as Clark County's public administrator.

"Motorcycle riding, when you're doing it right, can be fun and relaxing, because you got to be in the moment," he said.

Cahill pays close attention as he drives down U.S. 95 because he knows one mistake can be devastating.

"it's very deadly for the motorcycle," Cahill said.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Jeremie Elliott said that in a city with so many motorcycles and scooters, drivers and riders must pay attention.

"(Riders') biggest enemy is not being seen," Elliott said. "When you're following a motorcyclist on the roadway, always give them three to four seconds of following distance."

Although some riders speed and dart in and out of traffic, Elliott said most are law abiding citizens and most motorcycle-involved crashes are the fault of the car driver.

Motorcycle fatalities are down from last year, but the biggest reason for motorcycle-involved crashes is when cars make a left turn and don't see an oncoming motorcycle.

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