QUANTICO, Virginia (CNN) — Motorcycle accidents have killed more Marines in the past 12 months than enemy fire in Iraq, a rate that’s so alarming, it has prompted top brass to call a meeting to address the issue, officials say.
Twenty-five Marines have died in motorcycle crashes since November — all but one of them involving sport bikes that can reach speeds of well over 100 mph, according to Marine officials. In that same period, 20 Marines have been killed in action in Iraq.
The 25 deaths are the highest motorcycle death toll ever for the Marine Corps.
NO EXCUSES – VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH
In a matter of days, Americans will make the decision as to who will be the 44th President of the United States. Presidential elections bring out the largest number of voters, and the top of the ticket can have a definite impact on the down ballot races. Those races, specifically the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and the 35 seats in the United States Senate (there are 2 special Senatorial elections this year in addition to the 33 seats in this cycle) should be of serious interest to us.
In the next Congress we will see debate begin on the re-authorization of the Interstate Highway funding act, which has historically been the defining piece of legislation for us. It is imperative that we support our friends in Congress in those down ballot races and not let them get buried in what could be a landslide vote for President in some states. A defeat of Congressmen who are supportive of our issues could turn what we perceive to be potentially a positive piece of legislation on its ear. The days of “transfer penalties”, sometimes referred to as “helmet law blackmail”, could be on the horizon if we don’t get out and vote.
October 31, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Happy…
Be safe out there!
October 30, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Ride to Vote on November 4th
On Election Day (Tuesday, November 4th 2008), make your vote count in the polling booth and on the road – by riding your motorcycle or scooter to vote!
No matter which candidates, propositions and issues you support, please help demonstrate that motorcycle and scooter riding is an important part of our world’s mobility landscape.
Ride to your polling place, park near the entrance, and wear your riding gear when you cast your ballot. Let the other voters see you as a rider!
October 28, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Event
Virginia State Police and Roanoke City Police will be conducting a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event for automobile and motorcycle owners who would like to have their vehicles protected against theft on Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Target parking lot at Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
This free service is part of the Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Program. VIN numbers will be permanently etched on the vehicle or motorcycle. Having VIN numbers marked on the vehicles steers thieves away. VIN etching takes away any potential profit thieves may make. VIN etching is simple, fast, safe and won’t mar the look of the vehicle or motorcycle. In addition to the etching, officers will be on hand to educate vehicle and motorcycle owners on how to prevent auto theft in their communities.
October 27, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Biker Babe of the Week
October 21, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on 08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation for Awareness and Education, Inc. would like to announce that it has received its official tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. This qualifies us as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to RFA&E
are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.
MRFA&E will not be engaging in issue advocacy or lobbying of any kind. We will be providing several valuable services to the Motorcyclists’ Rights Movement however. A room in the Washington DC office of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will now be dedicated to legislative and historical
research. It will be funded by MRFA&E.
October 20, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Biker Babe of the Week