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Attention Virginia Motorcyclists! – AMA Support Legislation

January 19, 2009 by  

Legislation of importance to all Virginia motorcyclists is has been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly

House Bill 1873, sponsored by Del. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), would authorize the holder of a Virginia driver’s license who is a member, the spouse of a member, or a dependent of a member of the United States Armed Services to be issued a motorcycle endorsement by mail if the holder successfully completed a basic motorcycle rider course approved by the United States Armed Services and is stationed outside the Commonwealth of Virginia. [AMA SUPPORTS this bill]

House Bill 1906, sponsored by Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville), would permit motorcycles to be equipped with a brake light that varies in brightness for not more than five seconds upon applications of the brake(s). [AMA SUPPORTS this bill]

Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), would classify as a Class 1 misdemeanor any traffic signal violation that is the sole and proximate cause of death of another person. [AMA SUPPORTS this bill]

Senate Bill 556, sponsored by Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), would provide for a reckless driving conviction of a vehicle operator found guilty of certain right-of-way violations that result in death to another person. [AMA SUPPORTS this bill]

You can check the status and read the text of these bills at

Use the AMA “Issues and Legislation” area at to learn who your elected officials are, then contact them to make your concerns known about the legislation above.  Click on the “StateWatch” link to stay informed of legislation that could impact your right to ride.  By entering your Zip +4 Code in the box provided, you’re just a few steps away from the contact information you need.  Make a call, send a letter or email message, and/or visit your elected officials so they know your ride, you vote, and you care.



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