FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
Grant Deadline Approaching
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) alerts you to the approaching deadline for this year's federal motorcycle safety grants. The official deadline for any state to apply for funds in 2008 is August 1, 2007. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the MRF and numerous State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs), as well as concerned motorcyclists nationwide, SAFETEA-LU or Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (PL109-59) directed the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) through its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to set aside $25 million to be spent through fiscal year 2009 for motorcycle safety initiatives. The same procedure as last year stands for states to apply for the funds.
The Governor's Highway Safety Representative in your state must sign the official application before it can be sent to Washington DC for approval. Once approved, the money will be dispersed from DC back to your Governor's Highway Safety Representative. It's then up the state to determine how the money is best spent and, if appropriate, to turn some of it over to a non-profit or not-for-profit organization in that state.
Last year 44 states received grants of at least $100 thousand each, totaling almost $6 million in grant money across the country, with no matching funds required. This marks the first time in history that the federal government has made funds available specifically for motorcycle rider education and awareness campaigns. According to the law any State that qualifies will receive at least $100 thousand. This is largely, if not entirely, the result of years of lobbying by the MRF and the SMROs.
In order to be eligible for the funds, states must meet one of six criteria the first year and two criteria the second and subsequent years. The six criteria are as follows:
1. The state must have a motorcycle rider training program.
2. The state must have a motorcycle awareness program.
3. The state must have a reduction in fatalities involving motorcycles.
4. The state must have an effective impaired driving program.
5. The state must have a reduction in fatalities and accidents involving impaired motorcyclists.
6. Use of fees collected by the state from motorcyclists for motorcycle programs must be used for motorcycle programs.
Many states had a large amount of success with this program this year. The MRF encourages you to stay in contact your state officials overseeing the administration of this important grant program in order to ensure the best use of these limited funds. Naturally, if you have any questions regarding the grant program or the application process, you can call the MRF office and we'll be happy to help guide you.
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rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC,
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exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early
1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.
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very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading
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