06-23-2003

03NR18 - Cast Your Vote on NHTSA Rider Interview Study

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
Phone: 202-546-0983
June 23, 2003

#03NR18 - CAST YOUR VOTE ON NHTSA RIDER INTERVIEW STUDY!

A federal agency wants to spend your taxpayer dollars to interview riders like you in the hope of making you safer on your motorcycle. Two questions: do you agree with this approach to rider safety, and will you say so or stay silent?

June 30 is the deadline for public comments on a "rider interview" study proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) encourages INDIVIDUAL RIDERS, in addition to the SMROs that represent those riders, to participate in this important regulatory step by submitting comments regarding this proposed study. The more comments submitted from the motorcycling community, the better.

NHTSA reported in its appeal for public comments in the FEDERAL REGISTER on April 28, 2003, "this study supports . . . future efforts to reduce motorcycle injuries and deaths by providing updated information about rider operator characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors." The proposed study involves personal, 8-to-12-minute interviews with thousands of riders of NHTSA's choosing in some 7 states.

The MRF feels that this proposed study would be a senseless and meaningless waste of taxpayer dollars, and disputes the "practical utility" of this proposal in its public comments. In part, the MRF emphasizes "our unshakable commitment to PREVENTING the crash in the first place, and we continue to appeal to [NHTSA] for a meaningful partnership and effective programs that lead to crash prevention... [particularly] support for a resource injection to help motorcycle safety [training]."

"We encourage every SMRO and every American motorcyclist to submit comments," said MRF President Karen Bolin. "Riders and SMROs may provide their own unique comments, or may simply write that they concur with the comments of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Either way, pro or con, make sure your voice is heard!"

You can view NHTSA's proposal on the MRF's website at http://www.mrf.org/NHTSA-research-proposal-04-29-03.php. You can also view the MRF's public comments on the MRF's website at http://www.mrf.org/pp_arc6-20-03.php.

NHTSA is only accepting comments via snail mail regarding this particular proposal - so don't delay in mailing yours! Comments must be received by NHTSA not later than June 30, 2003. You must refer to "Docket NHTSA 2003-14375" and address comments to:

Docket Management
Room PL-401
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

The MRF thanks you for participating in a regulatory process that impacts your freedom and your safety on the road!

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