12-11-2003

03NR43 - Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell Writes Letter of Concern to NHTSA

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December 11, 2003

#03NR43 - Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell Writes Letter of Concern to NHTSA

On December 10, 2003 Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) signed a letter addressed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to express his "concern and that of motorcyclists nationwide" regarding the agency's motorcycle safety activities.

The letter addressed several glaring agency missteps. Chief among these was an effort to advance helmet laws through the United Nations and the recent award of a contract for the study of "Characteristics of Motorcycle Operators." The agency awarded the contract six months before it asked for public comment and White House approval.

"American motorcyclists nationwide salute Senator Campbell for expressing these important concerns," stated Karen Bolin, President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). "This very day, representatives of several State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations are in Washington partnering with the MRF to advance the most meaningful motorcycle safety initiative ever advanced in the Congress. Thus, a scrutiny of NHTSA activities could not be more timely."

Additionally, Senator Campbell has signaled to Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) his desire to co-sponsor S. 423, "Health Care Parity for Legal Transportation and Recreational Activities Act."

Observed Deb Craig, State Coordinator of ABATE of Colorado, "Senator Campbell's support of motorcyclists' concerns pertaining to NHTSA's questionable tactics, as well as his intent to co-sponsor S-423, is what we've come to expect given his history as a champion of motorcyclists' rights. His response at this time reinforces our claim that our voices matter. ABATE of Colorado would like to thank Senator Campbell on behalf of motorcyclists everywhere."

"Every motorcyclist in America should thank Senator Campbell," said MRF Vice President of Government Relations Tom Wyld, "and here's how: With Senator Wayne Allard (R-Colorado), Senator Campbell has introduced Senate Resolution 168 to designate May 2004 as 'National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.' Call or write your U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor S. Res. 168. Persuading your Senator to co-sponsor this resolution would be the best way to express your gratitude to Senator Campbell for his leadership on your behalf."

Senator Campbell's letter to NHTSA will be available on the MRF website in the near future.

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