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 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.
July 16, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Motorcycle fatals increase in Va.
More motorcyclists are traveling Virginia’s roads, and a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman says that’s contributed to an increase in fatal accidents involving motorcycles.
Since 2001, DMV spokeswoman Melanie Stokes says, motorcycle registration in Virginia has jumped by 105 percent.
According to the DMV, 38 motorcyclists were killed during the first six months of the year. That’s a 19 percent increase from the same six-month period in 2009.
Virginia recorded 71 motorcycle deaths and 1,506 injuries for all of 2009.
June 21, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Motorcycle safety course for Norfolk sailors
There was thunder on the Norfolk Naval Station this morning as members of the Navy participated in a free motorcycle safety course.
Naval Stations are no stranger to the rumbling sound of a motorcycle engine.
Due to high gas prices, an unpredictable schedule, and a shortage of parking on base, more sailors are buying motorcycles now than ever before.
June 18, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Monday, June 21, 2010 is Ride to Work Day!
Ride to Work Day is Monday, June 21st. We hope you will ride to work, …or just for fun, …or for your errands. Please tell all of your riding friends about the event. Any ride from A to B is important. All riders can help increase awareness about the benefits of riding. Your support and participation will help make a positive difference.
More information here – RidetoWork.org
June 1, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on 10 killed on Virginia roads over Memorial Day weekend
RICHMOND – State Police say ten people were killed on Virginia roads during the Memorial Day weekend.
Troopers tell us that three of the deaths were motorcycle riders, including one man who hit a deer in Clarke County.
May 7, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Motorcyclist Deaths on the Rise
If you are getting married or graduating this weekend, congratulations! You have won the weather lottery. The forecast is nothing short of perfect: Sunny, clear skies, and temperatures will be in the upper-to-mid 60s. Classic spring.
The good weather is likely to draw more motorcyclists to the highway. If you do ride this weekend, be careful. Since the beginning of 2010, 19 motorcyclists have died in vehicle crashes in Virginia, a 27 percent increase in motorcyclist deaths from the same 5-month period in 2009.
This rise seems especially ominous since no one was driving anywhere for a week or so in February 2010.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles was concerned enough to put out a statement on the latest numbers, encouraging motorcyclists to take safety precautions.
“Riding a motorcycle requires extra caution and concentration, and the proper training,” said John Saunders, director of the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office. “Helmets, eye protection and the right protective clothing – coupled with training – can make motorcycle riding a fun and exciting experience.”
April 20, 2010 by Hersey · Comments Off on Fatal crash on James River Bridge sparks questions about safety for motorcyclists
A freak accident on the James River Bridge on Saturday night has raised new questions about the safety on local bridges for motorcyclists.
Garlon Turner, 60, of Suffolk was traveling south on the James River Bridge when a strong wind gust flipped his 2007 Harley Davidson over. State Police and safety instructors say they might never know how fast the gust of wind was, but there are steps motorcyclists can take to enhance safety.
Melanie Stokes, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, said motorcyclists need to exercise great caution whenever going over bridges or overpasses.