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Motorcycle vigil leads community to motorcycle awareness

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NORTHFIELD -

When it comes to Motorcycles, and other vehicles on the road, sharing the roadways is key.

"Please be more aware, be patient, your not in a rush to go anywhere, and slow down," says Martina Santana.

Words of caution from Santana, who lost her Father Jose "Nick" Santana two weeks ago in a fatal motorcycle accident.

"He's just an amazing kind person, to everyone he has ever come across," says Santana.

Jose Santana, who was a 63– year old Navy Veteran, was hit by a car near the Hamilton Mall on his way back home. On Saturday, more than one hundred motorcycles escorted Santana to his final resting place.

"We made it a celebration of his life," says Martina Santana.

With the recent death of an Atlantic City man on the Black Horse Pike, in front of the Howard Johnson hotel, police officials are urging motorists to slow down and be mindful of motorcycles.

"That's only two wheels on the ground not four. So their stopping distance and visibility is a lot less than what it would be in a car," explains Officer Peary of the Northfield PD.

Senior Patrolmen Martin Peary, who drives a motorcycle when on duty says the biggest danger to Motorcycles are distracted drivers, and drivers who make abrupt left turns.

"Expect the unexpected you might hear them, but don't see them, you know their close," says Officer Peary.

Officer Peary also advises Motorcycle riders to keep their high beams on during the day, to increase safety by being more visible to other motorists on the road.

"Make sure your lights are on, that's probably one of the best things that does help with the safety and saving lives on the motorcycle," says the officer.

As for the motorists on the road, Martina Santana sends a clear message.

"Please just slow down, look in front of you, look next to you, look behind you, before you crossover. There's a poppy out there and we don't need to lose anymore poppy's," explains Santana.

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