February, 16, 2001

CHP Commissioner Maurice Hannigan Recommended to Head NHTSA


The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that the National Safety Council is advancing the name of a staunch anti-rider-rights advocate to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This development requires a vigorous response from the American motorcyclists’ rights movement.

Our membership in California and motorcyclists generally have gone on alert at the prospect of former Commissioner Maurice Hannigan being considered as the next NHTSA Administrator. Pushed by the National Safety Council who has opposed the freedom agenda of motorcyclists, former Commissioner Hannigan championed California’s mandatory helmet law. His opposition to motorcyclists and their rights over the years has been staunch, vocal, and consistent.

Some of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s most prominent members in California have personal knowledge of former Commissioner Hannigan’s resentment of riders and the motorcyclists’ rights movement in America. Sources in California indicate that Mr. Hannigan has made stereotypical and disparaging remarks about motorcycle riders, especially those who actively work to protect their rights.

Call to action:

First: Call the White House at 202-456-1414. Politely but firmly explain your opposition to former Commissioner Hannigan and any official for NHTSA’s top job that is not respectful of motorcyclists, our rights and our freedom. If you can’t get through on the phone, send an email to the following: President@whitehouse.gov

Second: Reach at least 3 other riders NOW and urge them to make the same call.

Third: Call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and explain your opposition to any official for NHTSA’s top job that is not respectful of our rights. Also, you can find your senators’ email addresses at http://www.senate.gov/www.senate.gov

Thank you for your continuing commitment to our safety and freedom.

Yours for the right to ride,

Thomas C. Wyld
Vice President for Government Relations
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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