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Motorcycle deaths on the rise in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Motorcycle enthusiast Ronnie Land says the recent spike in motorcycle fatalities has him a little on edge.

"I assume when I get on a bike, that everyone out there is out to get me."

Monday, police say a 32-year-old man riding his motorcycle died at the intersection of Lee Highway and Airport Road.

Investigators say a driver turned onto Airport Road and hit the man, who later died at a hospital. 

Darren Howard with the CMT/ABATE group pushes for legislation that protects motorcyclist.

He says, "I will say 3/4 of the time it is a right-of-way violation and when it is car versus motorcycle, the motorcycle never wins."

The latest numbers for motorcycle-related deaths show the State of Tennessee has already passed last year's numbers with 133 for 2012, with three weeks left in the year compared to 114 in 2011.

Howard says CMT/ABATE is using grant money for more motorcycle awareness around the state.

"We need to be looking for him. Instead of saying we didn't see him, we want you to look for him."

Friday, police arrested a Dade County woman for hitting a man riding his moped through St. Elmo.

Police say to make matters worse the woman kept driving.

With more than 10,000 bikers in Chattanooga, Land says drivers need to use extra caution on the road.

"They are either on the phone, or eating an egg mcmuffin, or they are smacking their kids in the back seat, whatever. They are not paying attention."

To learn more about CMT/ABATE visit: http://www.cmtabate.com/

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