May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and with the warmer weather comes an increase in the number of bikes on the road. Family and friends of Jeff Ahl want to remind all drivers to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.
Organizers of Saturday's second annual Jeff Ahl Memorial Ride will provide brightly colored T-shirts to riders and friends that share the message “Look Twice, Save a Life.” There are also billboards around town to remind drivers to be extra alert and look twice for motorcycles. Drivers tend to look for other vehicles and because of the smaller profile of a motorcycle, it can be harder to see and difficult to estimate its speed.
The 45-year-old Ahl was killed May 23, 2012 when a vehicle clipped his motorcycle at South 157th and Pacific. Leslie Hoberman was sentenced to 24 months probation and 480 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide for failing to yield the right of way.
The event begins with a Memorial Ride/Poker Run (free registration begins at 10 a.m., ride starts at 11 a.m.) followed by an evening of music with The Outtakes at Langdon’s Bar and Grill near South 216th Street and Schram Road in Gretna.
For more information visit the "Dedicated in Memory of Jeff Ahl" Facebook page.