12-02-2003

03NR41 - Anti-Motorcycling Outfit Demands No Freedom . . . And No Safety!

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Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)

December 2, 2003

#03NR41 - ANTI-MOTORCYCLING OUTFIT DEMANDS NO FREEDOM...AND NO SAFETY!

Advocating mandatory-use helmet laws and slamming everything from rider education to sanctions against reckless vehicle operators who kill, an anti-motorcycling group has papered Washington, DC in opposition to the meaningful agenda for motorcycle safety proposed by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs).

Infamous for its support of the 1990s provision that withheld highway funds from states without mandatory-use helmet laws, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS) distributed a flyer the day before a key Senate committee was poised to consider and adopt the heart and soul of the motorcycle safety agenda advanced for over a year-and-a-half by the MRF and SMROs nationwide. Our motorcycle safety language satisfies literally dozens of action recommendations of the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (NAMS) through education, incentive and discussion - and AHAS is demanding that Congress reject it all!

This well-funded anti-motorcycling group not only has your rights in their sights, but your safety in its reach. You have only one choice: FIGHT BACK!

1. Read the rebuttal on the MRF website (www.mrf.org/positionpapers.php) which contains the bulk of the outfit's criticism.

2. E-mail (or mail) that rebuttal to BOTH your U.S. Senators AND your U.S. Representative.

3. At minimum, include this comment in your email or letter to your Senators: "I urge you to reject the false claims of this anti-motorcycling group which threaten my freedom and safety, and I respectfully request that you support the Motorcycle Safety Amendment being advanced by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)."

4. To your U.S. Rep., write: "I urge you to reject the false claims of this anti-motorcycling group which threaten my freedom and safety, and I respectfully request that you send a letter to U.S. Reps. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) and Pete DeFazio (D-Oregon) to signal your support for their motorcycle safety initiative."

AHAS is arguing against a "Motorcyclist Advisory Council" that prompts mere dialogue between experts on the issues of road hazards, claiming that hazards "are not the reasons for motorcycle highway crashes." AHAS is assailing a provision that encourages sanctions against vehicle operators whose recklessness or negligence causes injury or death, because they view the measure as "a means of blaming passenger vehicle drivers for motorcycle crashes." Also, AHAS is criticizing the initiative because it "does not include State enactment of all-rider motorcycle helmet legislation."

AHAS arguments are too weak and too numerous to detail here, but the group reached a new low by attacking education by claiming that rider education/motorist awareness "wastes federal taxpayer funds..." "[M]otorcycle training programs," the group charged, "have not been proven to be effective in reducing motorcycle crashes."

In fact, motorcycle skill training does prevent accidents, and NAMS lists ten separate action recommendations - all marked "Essential" - that are fulfilled by the "Motorcycle Safety Incentive Grant" contained within the legislation.

The LaTourette-DeFazio-Murkowski motorcycle safety initiative will prevent accidents, thwart injuries and save lives. Act today - or your freedom and your safety will be history tomorrow.

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