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04NR01 - MSF Supports Murkowski Motorcycle Safety Amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2004

#04NR01 - MSF Supports Murkowski Motorcycle Safety Amendment

In response to the outcry from motorcyclists nationwide regarding remarks that Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) President Tim Buche made before key U.S. Senate staff December 10, 2003, the MSF has apparently reversed its position and has now announced its support for the majority of the initiatives contained in the Motorcycle Safety Amendment sponsored by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Announcing its new position in a January 2, 2004 posting on its website (www.msf-usa.org), the MSF has all but withdrawn and disassociated itself from the host of concerns that Buche expressed at that December 10 meeting.

Built on the principle of crash prevention, the Murkowski Motorcycle Safety Amendment satisfies numerous action recommendations by the National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (NAMS), including three of the four highest priority NAMS recommendations. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs) nationwide have been publicly fine-tuning and promoting the initiatives that form the framework of Senator Murkowski's amendment for almost two years. Input was welcomed throughout that time period from all affected and/or interested parties.

Until December 10, the MSF had never expressed any concerns regarding the motorcycle safety initiatives being crafted by the MRF and SMROs. Therefore, it was alarming to the numerous MRF and SMRO representatives to hear Mr. Buche express his concerns for the first time at such an important meeting and in front of such a key audience. For more details regarding Mr. Buche's statements, see MRF E-Mail Alert 03NR44 at http://www.mrf.org/newsarchive.php.

Remarks posted on the MSF website on January 2 now assert not only that the MSF did not attack the proposed Murkowski amendment, but that the MSF is now very supportive of the bulk of the amendment. The portion of the amendment that deals with the administrative structure of rider training programs is the only remaining concern expressed by the MSF. However, according to MRF President Karen Bolin, "Based on the existing financial and administrative structure for rider training in most states, the Murkowski amendment is right on target, and the MRF does not plan to seek any changes to the current language at this time."

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