HARRISONBURG -- It's motorcycle awareness month and local groups are making a push to ensure drivers and bikers alike are able to make it home from the highways.
Valley first responders talked motorcycle safety Wednesday afternoon.
Nearly 80 motorcyclists died on the highways last year.
Local and state police urged bikers to be careful and for drivers to look around for motorcycles.
Brenda Hoops is a registered nurse at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She says she has seen the grief when families find out a loved one died.
“The hardest part after someone is killed in an accident of any kind is telling the family and dealing with the family. And if you think of the people that you love, that's one thing that you do not want to have to do,” said Hoops.
The number one motorcycle safety tip is to always wear a helmet. That's required by law here in Virginia.
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