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Lawmaker gives up on repeal of motorcycle helmet law

June 12, 2008 by · Comments Off on Lawmaker gives up on repeal of motorcycle helmet law 

BATON ROUGE — A Harley-Davidson-riding lawmaker has given up on his effort to let his fellow motorcyclists decide whether they want to wear a helmet.

Head protection will continue to be mandatory in Louisiana after a hostile Senate committee blocked Rep. Mert Smiley’s bill on Wednesday, as the legislative session winds down toward its June 23 end date. A companion bill had earlier stalled on the House floor, and Smiley said he had no chance to get the law repealed this session.

“I fought a gallant fight,” said Smiley, a Port Vincent Republican. But he said he’d try again next year.

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MRF Leaders Report- June

June 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on MRF Leaders Report- June 

WASHINGTON UPDATE – The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is pleased to report that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has renewed the charter for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC) for an additional two years. The MAC advises the Secretary of Transportation on all issues concerning motorcyclists and infrastructure issues such as roads, bridges, and barriers. No rulemaking was required to extend the charter; instead it was the positive results of the MAC that warranted the go-ahead from the country’s chief transportation boss. The MRF commends Secretary Peters for recognizing the need for the MAC to continue. Under normal circumstances Secretary do not reauthorize councils that they do not have to. Peters by law did not have to renew the charter which uses some of her very limited discretionary dollars to fully fund this council. That’s why we thank her for her attention to this very important issue.

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Virginia Motorcycle PSA

June 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on Virginia Motorcycle PSA 

Lot of bikes out on the road these days. Just over the past week I have posted a few articles about how motorcycle and scooter sales are up because of the gas prices. People need to start watching out for us out there.

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Michigan Gov. Granholm gets bill allowing helmet-less motorcyclists

June 5, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

LANSING – For the second time in two years, the Legislature has voted to allow adults to ride motorcycles in Michigan without a helmet.

And for the second time, Gov. Jennifer Granholm likely will veto it.

The House on Wednesday gave final approval, 70-38, to bill that would allow motorcyclists ages 21 and older to pay the state $100 a year for a permit to ride with no helmet. They’d have to pass a motorcycle safety course and have been licensed for two previous years.

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MRF Leaders Report- June

June 4, 2008 by · Comments Off on MRF Leaders Report- June 

Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors Update

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Board of Directors met in Kansas City last month.  Two new members to the Board of Directors were welcomed.
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Lane Splitting In Virginia???

June 2, 2008 by · 15 Comments 

Lane SplittingI received the following email from a VABiker.NET reader with a question about Lane Splitting:

I just got transferred into VA from year-round-riding-Puerto Rico. I’ve been riding for over 20 years in PR. There splitting lanes is actually allowed due to the many traffic jams and so that your bike doesn’t heat up. When I starting riding in VA, I was told that lane splitting in not allowed. That is totally BS!!! Traffic around the DC metropolitan area sucks. Is there a movement to make it legal here in VA?

Does anyone out there know if there has been any effort to allow lane splitting in VA? As fas as I know this is not something that has ever been the focus of any legislative efforts.

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Motorcycle group announces suit to stop roadblocks

May 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle group announces suit to stop roadblocks 

A California-based motorcycle rights organization announced Saturday that it plans to take legal action to prevent checkpoints such as the one operated by state police this weekend on Route 12 in Oneida and Lewis counties that singled out motorcyclists.

The New York State Police announced Saturday they were going to be stopping motorcyclists bound for this weekend’s Americade motorcycle rally in Lake George. The object of the road block is to check for safety violations, according to a state police press release.

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Police groups support plan to modernize Michigan’s helmet law

May 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on Police groups support plan to modernize Michigan’s helmet law 

LANSING – The Michigan Association of Police Organizations has supported a plan that will modernize Michigan’s helmet law by allowing motorcyclists to purchase a special permit to ride helmet-free, ABATE-Michigan announced Thursday.

Money from the permit will help pay for crucial services, and strengthen law enforcement and safety efforts, according to House Bill 4749, which has already passed both chambers with overwhelming support.

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