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Driving safety around bikers

Parents from the Cerro Gordo community are worried about keeping their kids safe when they are walking or biking in the area. (WCCU)

Parents from the Cerro Gordo community are worried about keeping their kids safe when they are walking or biking in the area. This follows the death of 14-year-old Ashton Brandenburg of Piatt County.

Parents say bikes are how many kids in the rural town of Cerro Gordo get around.

People in town say it was dark and foggy when 14-year-old Brandenburg and his friends were riding their bikes along Route 32 Tuesday night. Around 9 p.m., Brandenburg and a car collided. Police say he died on scene.

Parents say this isn't the first accident they've heard of. Over the years they've seen their fair share of pedestrians hit and are asking drivers to stay vigilant.

"I have two daughters of my own,” Cerro Grove parent Chris Johnson said. “It's very important to look out for kids, especially at dusk. You get a lot of kids on their way home. So it's very important to please watch out for children if you're driving after dark."

When driving at night or in fog, Illinois State Police say it's so important to reduce your speed to give yourself more time to slow down or stop for the unexpected. You should also scan the road at least a few hundred feet in front of you while driving.

"Watch for the vehicles, but not only vehicles but motorcycles and bicyclists and pedestrians and so anytime a motorist is on the road, especially in the country or these rural areas,” Illinois State Police Trooper Tracy Lillard said. “We want to make sure they're watching up ahead of them, especially at night.”

If it's foggy, don't use your bright light. They can reflect and make visibility worse. Make sure you only use fog lights.

Also when driving, think about who you’re sharing the road with.

"Think about the children,” Johnson said. “Think about the people that their lives will effect if something were to happen to somebody that you loved and cared for."

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