The Virginia Beach Bike Classic was held this weekend at North Beach landing in Virginia Beach , Virginia . It was great to be there and see a lot of friends from Virginia and the Carolinas . However the event was marred by law enforcement. The Virginia State Police in conjunction with the Virginia Beach Police Department set up a few miles from the event and wrote tickets for offenses such as unapproved helmets, illegal exhausts, improperly mounted license plates, etc. It was reported at one point that they were refusing those without a “DOT Approved” helmet to proceed further and forced them to go back to the event a buy a new helmet.
If you or anyone that you know received such a ticket at the Virginia Beach Bike Classic please contact me and I will represent you at no charge. These charges are improper given the law in Virginia . For those in favor of mandatory helmet use this is not an attack on helmets. I respect the right of every motorcyclist to hold an opinion on this matter. However this is not about helmets, it is about ensuring that the police follow the law. If they are going to stop and charge people they should at least be familiar with the statutes under which they are charging them.
January 25, 2011 by Hersey · Comments Off on Good News for HB 1981
More good news for HB 1981, which would allow motorcycles to treat red lights as stop signs if the sensor does not pick the motorcycle up. It was engrossed by voice vote in its second reading on the House floor. That bodes well for final passage out of the House. Should that happen we will begin our fight in the Senate.
January 19, 2011 by Hersey · Comments Off on HB 1850 News Story from WTVR in Richmond
Now contact your delegate an ask them to not support this bill.
January 13, 2011 by Hersey · Comments Off on Oppose VA HB 1850. Let us transport our children!
All Virginia Motorcyclists need to be aware of House Bill 1850 which has been introduced by Delegate Christopher Stolle of Virginia Beach. It prohibits any child under the age of eight from riding on a motorcycle. If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, cousin or neighbor who enjoys riding with you and is under the age of eight they would be unable to do so anymore if this bill passes. I know that many of you share memories like mine. My daughter and I have spent many hours since she was six riding at events such as the Vets ride, the 911 ride, etc. She has learned responsibility, charity and patriotism in part from her contact with motorcyclists and the motorcycling community. Delegate Stolle wishes to rob future generations of such memories.
HB 1850 Motorcycles; prohibits children under age eight from riding.
This bill adds the language “No person under the age of eight shall ride on a motorcycle.” to Virginia Code 46.2-909. Riding on motorcycles, generally.
Please contact your Delegate and ask them NOT to support this bill.
Don’t know who your Delegate is or how to get in touch with them – use the Who’s My Legislator form at http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform
Take Care – Ride FREE!
January 11, 2011 by Hersey · Comments Off on VCOM Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 16 & 17, 2011
Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) Motorcycle Lobby Day – January 16 & 17, 2011
Spend two days learning about the legislation and voicing your opinion of legislation affecting motorcyclists in the 2011 session. You’ll also have the opportunity to eat drink and be merry with motorcyclists from all over Virginia.
Prep session starts at 1:00 PM on the 16th, leave for the Capitol at 8:00 AM on the 17th.
Holiday Inn Airport
445 International Center Drive
Sandston, VA 23150
Flyer available here: http://www.vcomonline.org/LobbyDay2011Flyer.pdf
First-Year Delegate Says Legislation is Meant to Keep Bikers Safe
First-year delegate, Thomas “Tag” Greason (R-eastern Loudoun), has introduced legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly that would allow those riding two-wheeled vehicles to pass through red traffic lights.
Greason said the idea for the bill arose in December after noticing that large amounts of snow piled at intersections prevented vehicles from triggering sensors that activate green traffic signals. Seeing this, he figured the issue likely posed even more of a hassle for smaller vehicles, like motorcycles. Then, over casual conversation with another delegate, he learned that South Carolina recently enacted a law that allowed motorcyclists to treat red lights like stop signs. So why not in Virginia, he thought.
“Any person who violates this subsection shall be subject to a civil penalty of $25 to be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Literary Fund, and no court costs shall be assessed.”
Take Care – Ride FREE