It’s a legislative year, Senator Don Gustavson has introduced helmet bill SB142 and that’s what I’m going to talk about. By the time you read this, either SB142 will be moving through the legislative committees or it could be killed by some committee chair that wouldn’t call it for a vote. The bill had its hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee last week and I left the hearing with a good feeling, I felt we had presented good helmet facts to them with credible reference. Dale Andrus, Gary Mack, Danielle Kohler and I, from Northern ABATE, all testified. We had a great turnout of about 20 ABATE members at the hearing video conference held at the college. I personally want to thank all of you that were there; this sent a strong message that we are active citizens and expect them to take our issues seriously. We had some great speakers from Las Vegas, but poor attendance in their video conference room. At this time SB142 is the eight most commented and supported bill on the legislative website. It became apparent during the hearing that our opposition to SB142 was made up of primarily government agencies; the Nevada Department of Public Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center of Injury Prevention and Control, Traffic Safety Research, Law enforcement etc. I know for a fact that there was at least one official from a government agency testifying against SB142 that personally believe helmet use should be the riders choice but because of their employment with a government safety agency had to testify against the bill. Allowing adult helmet choice has become a fight between government safety agencies (protecting their jobs and justifying their existence) against the citizen, the motorcyclist, who knows this law is flawed. Why in the world would our government mandate a safety device such as the helmet that is not designed, tested or approved for its intended use? Most people don’t know the helmet is only tested and designed to protect your head up to a 14 mph impact. It’s a flawed law that needs to be fixed.
In an effort to prohibit the proliferation of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, the American Motorcyclist Association supports U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.),Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) S. 577, the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015. The bipartisan bill would eliminate the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Contact your legislator in support of this important initiative today.
The AMA has repeatedly alerted government officials and federal lawmakers to the possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle fuel systems and engines from the inadvertent use of E15 when the fuel becomes widely available.
South Dakota passed S.B. 85 to remove the restrictions on handle bar heights for motorcycles. Current law dictates that handle bar height must be at or below shoulder height. The new law removes the restriction, and as ABATE of South Dakota State Coordinator Jiggs Creasy put it, “There actually is still one restriction, interstate overpasses.” The MRF salutes the fine work done by ABATE of South Dakota. Sturgis attendees will no longer be harassed by the police for handlebars. South Dakota joins thirteen other states that have no handlebar height restrictions of any kind.
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