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Hundreds Of Motorcyclists To Enter Lawrence County This Weekend
Updated July 18, 2017 7:00 AM
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(SPRINGVILLE) - Hundreds of motorcyclists will enter Lawrence County this week to attend the ABATE's 2017 Boogie at the Lawrence County Recreational Park.

Lawrence County Sheriff Mike Branham and Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley are asking motorists to use care when traveling this weekend.

Motorcyclist deaths occurred 27 times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles, based on 2014 fatal crash data.

"To keep motorcyclists safe, we urge everyone to share the road and be alert, and we're reminding motorcyclists to make themselves visible, to use DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets, and to always ride sober," Sheriff Branham says.

According to data, 43 percent of motorcycle riders who died in single-vehicle crashes in 2014 were alcohol impaired.

It's especially important for motorists to understand the safety challenges faced by motorcyclists such as size and visibility, and motorcycle riding practices like downshifting and weaving to know how to anticipate and respond to them. By raising motorists' awareness, both drivers and riders will be safer sharing the road

"Driver need to become more aware of motorcycles and to consistently consider their presence," Chief Parsley says.

The Boogie

For those attending the Boogie admission is $40 for a three-day pass for an ABATE member and $60 for non-members

New this year is organizers are offering a one-day pass for Saturday, for $25 for ABATE members and $35 for non-members.

Great White will get the festivities rocking Thursday, followed by tribute bands Fan Halen (Van Halen) and Liverpool (Beatles).

The Saturday night finale features Dishwalla and Fuel with Marcy Playground.


Dishwalla, an alternative rock ensemble out of Santa Barbara. The band is best known for their 1996 hit song "Counting Blue Cars" from the album "Pet Your Friends".


ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) of Indiana is a not-for-profit, safety, educational, charitable and advocacy motorcyclist organization. It's aims are to promote safety, protect rights and help others.

ABATE of Indiana represents approximately 13 percent of the registered motorcycles in Indiana, with a membership of over 20,000. ABATE has a full-time staff, 350 volunteer officers, and over 200 certified safety instructors, dedicated to serving the interests of all motorcyclists.

ABATE of Indiana was officially started on June 25, 1975.

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