MRF Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day
Recently the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), along with ABATE of Illinois, sat down with United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss a few key motorcycle issues.
First and foremost is the issue of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) funding of mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. LaHood let his arsenal of safety experts defend the checkpoints. It was revealed that the only state to apply for the funds was Georgia. No other states expressed any interest in the federal program.
There was a lively debate about the checkpoint issue, and we eventually had to agree to disagree on the effectiveness, fairness, and resource worthiness of mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. As of now, NHTSA does not have any plans for future funding of these checkpoints.
We also discussed the Department’s position on E-15 blended fuel, they don’t have one.
LaHood is stepping down from the DOT Secretary role at the end of the year.
IN OTHER NEWS:
The official invite for the MRF’s 4th Annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway federal lobby day has been delivered to every congressional office. As you plan your trip and arrange for your congressional meetings, be sure to remind them they got the invitation to address the group on May 17th.
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