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Police say they want to remind drivers and motorcyclists alike to be careful out there.

That's why they have this sign out here tonight to warn everyone driving by.
    
We spoke to authorities today who say they want to promote safety, but tonight, it comes at the price of someone's life, an all too common occurrence. 

Al Shafer has been riding motorcycles for 34 years and for him, yesterday's accident hits close to home. 

'It is a surprise because we've been working hard to get the message out to look twice for motorcyclists," Shafer said. "You just have to start learning how to watch out for motorcyclists again."
    
Likewise, police say incidents like last night's are one of the toughest parts of the job. 

"Nobody wants to have a police officer arrive at their doorstep and tell them their loved one has passed," Bettendorf Police Department's Capt. Keith Kimball said.
     
That's why they're speaking out tonight, hoping drivers and riders alike will think twice about their habits while on the road.

"At least look twice, before you make a turn, look two or three times, look left look right and look left again," Kimball said. 
    
Police and motorcyclists say drivers need to be extra vigilant for motorcycles and give them extra space.

By working together, they say we can hopefully cut down on deadly accidents.