We NEVER could have imagined that..Written by Jerry Maye
Just a few years ago a small group of friends decided that they have had enough of their friends and loved ones getting injured or killed on motorcycles, mostly because another vehicle violated their right of way. They decided to do something about it by bringing a STRONG awareness message to the motoring public and created the:
Non-Profit organization: Motorcycle Awareness Campaign
Since then Warren Broussard (MAC National President) and the MAC National leadership have built numerous satellite chapters which are organized in many cities and a few states whose mission, message and iconic yellow sticker with the eyeball has become synonymous with sport of motorcycling. "Please, watch for Motorcycles."
With the majority of our sponsors being you, the public with generous contributions as well as local city and state representatives, numerous law enforcement agencies and officials as well as a TON of volunteers and those who have been killed and injured who unwillingly paid the ultimate price ensures that the MAC mission and the message remains steadfast and certainly clear in our hearts as well on the streets:
MAC is an organization whose sole purpose is to promote motorcycle awareness to the motoring public. Our goal and all of our efforts are directed to that end. Our interest is to provide a safer riding environment for anyone who rides a motorcycle.
On Sunday, April 15, 2012 in the small towns of Gretna and Westwego a pinnacle event hosted by the volunteers of the MAC NOLA chapter solidified the foundation of the MAC organization and kicked off the Motorcycle Awareness month (MAY). 400+ (Motorcycles, Scooters, Trikes and the likes) and 1 dog (Stella) with riders and passengers of all ages who heard of this event came in as far as Texas into the Gretna courthouse parking lot poised to ride.
Warren Broussard (MAC President) - during an interview with WGNO Sandra Gonzalez said, "2/3 of the vehicle crashes are right or way violations by the motorist and so that's what we want people to know, that we're out there riding with you and to just watch out for us."
Some folks had tears seeing all those bikes come together in mass to show our message.
Warren Broussard, "We NEVER could have imaged that so many motorcycles came out here with so many other events going on in the area. It is certainly beyond any expectations any of us had, THANK YOU ALL."
Jerry Maye - You know people believe in the cause when a small town establishment such as Bobby and Joyce's sports bar musters up 40 bikes with riders and passengers and come thundering in together you KNOW that they mean business. Just as I finished staging them, here come another 18 bikes to join their crew. Amazing.. simply amazing. (high fives all around)
Jeff Haydel (MAC NOLA Director) - "When I saw this many motorbikes show up it turned my legs to jelly. I personally want to thank EVERYONE who contributed and shared this event with us and with MAC. Our volunteers spent months in preparations and did a fantastic job organizing the event. Without all these motorbikes, people (pointing all around), the voluteers in yellow MAC shirts and Warren Broussard's efforts we wouldn't be able to pull this off. I need water.."
Sandra Gonzalez WGNO News
You May Not Always See Them, But They Are Around
Here are some pictures of YOU and our event. Thank you and enjoy
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