TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

They are called ABATE, which means either A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, or American Bikers Aiming Towards Education. They go by both and more than 200 motorcyclists roared onto the grounds of the state Capitol on Monday with a mission to make the roads safer.

First, they remembered their fellow bikers who didn't make the trip this year.

President Dan Fish says the goal is to make the road safer by stiffening the $80 fines for people who injure others with a car.

"What's a life worth? How does that one accident affect families for the rest of their lives. Their sons. Their daughters."

Just the announcement brought tears and condolences for some women from Fort Myers. Nikita Turner lost her biker grandfather in December.

"Dale was riding a red motorcycle with the lights on, helmet on and a flag, and the guy didn't see him," said Biffle Davis, the best friend of Turner's grandfather.

"Dale has been in my life since birth," Turner said. "He cut my umbilical cord. I just wasn't ready to lose him."

To their credit, the bikers were among the first to seek a ban on texting while driving.

"And the reason for that is obvious: People are texting. Their eyes aren't on the road, so they're not looking to see what they're doing," said Darrin Brooks, of Naples.

And once inside the state's Capitol, it was clear that the group of lobbyists would not be lost in the crowd of suits and shinny shoes.

Even though death might occur in a vehicle-bike or pedestrian accident, the usual charge is simply failure to yield the right-of-way. This is the second year the group has sought tougher penalties when injuries are involved.