MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
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Washington, DC 20002-4980
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice
President of Government Relations
May 17, 2008
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that House Resolution 339
(HRes 339) a concurrent resolution supporting the goals of Motorcycle
Safety and Awareness month is scheduled for consideration by the United
States House of Representatives Monday May 19th, 2008.
The bill has no legislative
teeth, meaning it doesn't require the Federal
government to do anything, and therefore will be considered under the
suspension of the House rules along with a handful of other pieces of
The bill was introduced
by the Co-Chairs of the House Motorcycle Safety
Caucus, Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Michael Burgess (R-TX). This bill
was conceived and introduced at the direct request of the Motorcycle
Industry Council and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
The simple measure never
received a hearing but was marked up by the House
Full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday May 15th,
2008. The bill was passed without objection or comment.
The MRF will not be taking
a position on the bill at this time. While the
MRF is supportive of the goals of motorcycle safety awarness month, we are
aware that the term safety can be interpreted in many ways. One of those
could be to follow the US DOT and NTSB path and misconstrue "safety" with
It is the belief of the
MRF that motorcycle safety awareness month must
address all aspects such as rider education, proper licensing, right of
way violations, impaired riding, infrastructure issues, distracted driving
and not just safety apparel and at the same time keeping a majority focus
on motorist awareness of motorcycles in order to be most effective at
saving lives. The emphasis of any motorcycle month must remain on crash
voidance instead of safer crashing.
Other resolutions are also
being considered during the same legislative
time frame as HRes 339. Some examples are, HRes 1074 commemorating the
carving of the Crazy Horse memorial, HRes 1114 designating May 13 as Frank
Sinatra Day and HRes 1152 a resolution honoring pro golfer Arnold Palmer.
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in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights
organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC,
the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
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.
The MRF proudly claims state
motorcyclists' rights organizations and the
very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading
members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and
regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public
awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights
organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as
well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.