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1 MAY 2014 Election Season is here, Check out the people at the capital who have worked for Georgia s Riders and those who worked against you on pg 5 National Motorcycle News from the AMA, NCOM and the MRF Find out what is going on in Washington and around the country on pg. 10 Motorcycle Education breaking news on pg.33 ABATE of Georgia happenings from around the state on pg 8 and pg 22 NEW ABATE sponsors! Take your membership card, get a discount more info on pg. 38 Four pages of photos from last month s State Swap Meet and Bike rally check them out on pg.40 Not a member? JOIN RIGHT NOW, flip this newsletter over! Fighting for the rights and education of every Georgia motorcyclist MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

2 STATE OFFICE ADDRESSES (Mailing Address) ABATE OF GEORGIA, INC. P.O. BOX 116 Austell, GA Phone: (770) Fax: (770) ABATE OF GEORGIA STATE OFFICERS Term State Director Ned Williams (404) Legislative Director James F. Trucks (404) Treasurer Gary Bonds (404) Membership Director Ann Crenshaw (229) Sgt. At Arms Dave Woodruffe Activities Director POSITION OPEN State Secretary Ann Turner (770) (Acting) Director of Education Chriss Carr (678) Webmaster Bill Mattison A.B.A.T.E. Legal Advisor Steve Murrin (404) A.B.A.T.E. State Chaplin Wade Warnock (CMA) (678) Advertising Fees Website Month Newsletter Business Card Black & White Term in Months $ $ $ /4 Page Black & White Term in Months $ $ $ $ $ 1 One Month Member Memorial 1/2 Page Black & White Term in Months $ $ $ $ 1, $ 2 One Month Member Memorial Full Page Black & White Term in Months $ $ $ 1, $ 2, $ 3 One Month Member Memorial Ads Must Be Received in digital format or ready to scan by the 10th of the month, accompanied by full payment, to be printed in the next issue. Credit card payments are welcome. Ads must be paid in advance to receive the multiple ad discount rate. If you wish, we can lay out your ad for you for an additional $25 charge plus any reasonable costs. Additional charges and services offered at the discretion of the editor. Please allow additional lead time for all ads that we must lay out. Payment must be received in advance for ad renewals. If not you will lose the discounted multiple ad rate and the account will revert back to monthly prices. Make your check or money order payable to A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia, Inc. Send to: A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. P.O. BOX 116 Austell, GA Call the State for more info. A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia, Inc. All rights reserved. This newsletter is published monthly and distributed throughout the state of Georgia as well as to other motorcycle organizations nationwide. A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia accepts no responsibility for the comments or opinions from reprinted materials contained within this publication. We welcome your news, opinions, comments, complaints, and suggestions on Motorcycle related issues. All articles must include your name and address. We do not accept slanderous, accusing letters; profanities (photographic or written); non-a.b.a.t.e. related letters. A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia reserves the right to refuse or edit any article, photo, letter, or advertisement that is decided is not in the best interest of the organization or its members. 2 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

3 ATTENTION ABATE OF GEORGIA MEMBERS If you have had trouble with your member card, a pin or a patch A new hotline has been set up to make sure your issue is addressed Please call the membership hotline At (678) (The hotline is monitored during business hours 7 days a week. Calls made after hours will be returned the next business day 3 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

4 Some of A.B.A.T.E. s accomplishments over the years: Successfully lobbied for legislation that created the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP), our state s rider education program that is available to all. Lobbied to have legislation passed to modify the existing mandatory helmet law to allow adults age 21 and older freedom of choice as to the wearing of a helmet. Successfully lobbied for legislation leading to the repeal of the Georgia law prohibiting use of speakers or headphones while riding a motorcycle. Fought and stopped legislation introduced in the 1992 Session of the Georgia General Assembly that would have made it illegal for kids age 10 and under to ride as passengers on motorcycles. Established May as Motorcycle Awareness and You month through a proclamation signed by the Governor and through resolutions passed by the Senate and House each year. This is an annual effort that raises public awareness of motorcycles. Successfully lobbied legislators to approve increased funding for the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program, in the amount of $170,000 after the license tag rate was raised on all vehicles to $20. Successfully stopped proposed legislation that would have increased the size of motorcycle tags. Successfully lobbied for handicapped tags for motorcycles without further enabling legislation, by bringing it to the attention of the Department of Revenue that the code section was written in such a way that it was already authorized. Successfully lobbied for antique tags for motorcycles in the 1998 legislative session. Established a 15 District organization that has led to more participation locally, while raising our membership statewide. The more members we have, means the more clout we have at the State Capitol. Sponsor and promote the largest Swap Meet/Bike Show in Georgia, 5 times a year. Successfully forced prosecution of a trucker who, while making an illegal turn, killed fellow motorcyclist Mark Bonner. Successfully lobbied to pass the Frank-Lee (ROW) bill to enhance penalties to those who cause death or serious injury to a motorcyclists by failing to yield the right of way. Successfully lobbied to pass the Tag/Title bill SB-437 that allows for registration of kit/assembled bikes. Signed by Governor Purdue May 14, Your benefits as a member of A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia: Organized lobbying of State and Federal legislators to make your views on motorcyclist rights known to your Representatives. Current information on all motorcycle related legislation and where your legislators stand on the issues that affect your motorcycling rights and freedoms. Monthly newsletter with legislative updates, event dates and places, and information Membership card, patch, and one year pin for new members. Yearly pin for renewals. Admission discounts at most A.B.A.T.E. events around the state, including ALL State Swap Meets. Discounts at many motorcycle shops and dealers around the state Personal satisfaction of joining your brothers and sisters in promoting the great sport of motorcycling while supporting your right to ride by participation at State and District meetings, toy runs, blood drives, camp-outs, bike shows, swap meets, etc. Spiritual consultation with the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) for ride prayers, weddings, and visitation. A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, Inc. IS A TEAM EFFORT WE WELCOME ALL RIDERS, ALL BRANDS WHAT IS A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, Inc.? The letters A.B.A.T.E. stand for American Bikers Active Toward Education. A.B.A.T.E. is composed of motorcyclists from all areas of the state, from all walks of life, and who ride all makes of bikes. A.B.A.T.E. is not a club, it is a non-partisan politically active organization working on motorcyclist s rights. We are affiliated with national rights groups like the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). Our main focus is to keep motorcycle legislation in its proper perspective. Many restrictive laws are enacted by uninformed legislators. A.B.A.T.E. s goal is to keep our lawmakers informed of our members collective position on Motorcycle related legislation. Preventing unfair legislation from becoming law is easier than fighting to get the law repealed. Rider education and public awareness of motorcyclists are goals of A.B.A.T.E.. We are not against the wearing of helmets, and we encourage all riders to ride safely. An informed and educated rider is a safer rider. Helmet laws do nothing to prevent an accident, and a helmet only provides the illusion of safety, while rider education is proven to prevent accidents and save lives. 4 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

5 Ned Williams, State Director With the month of May upon us, at ABATE we stop a take a breath. Our biggest event of the year the State Bike Rally and Swap Meet is once again behind us. Despite rain all Sunday that sent many Vendors running home early and Sunday s guest count plummeting we still managed to have a great event on Saturday despite multiple competing events and the lingering fear of bad weather, which thankfully, did not materialize until Sunday morning. Once we take in that breath however our work does not stop. Election time is upon us and it is time for us to recognize the legislators that helped riders, and the ones who worked against Georgia s Motorcycle Riding Public. Represantive Yates, sponsored HB 869, this year s Red light safety bill, Senator Thompson sponsored SB116, the increased Penalties bill for people that kill a biker. Georgia s new shining hope for riders in the house, Represantive Moore, sponsored Georgia s first lane Splitting bill,hb1047 and has said he will work with us next year to bring a Lane Filtering bill to the General assembly, if you are not sure of the difference in these two activities check out page 35 for our quick explanation. Senator Davis sponsored SB407 to strike the handle bar height from Georgia code, the current height limit is problematic as many motorcycles from the factory in Georgia violate the current handlebar height limit as they arrive stock from the factory. This year we also exposed the members of the house who seem to have chosen to work against Georgia s Riders, Rep. Rich Golick, Chair for the Judiciary-Non-Civil committee squashed SB116 in his committee and prevented it from getting a fair hearing and a vote. And for the second time in a row that a bill was for red light safety was sent to the rules committee, Representative John Meadows refused to allow this session s HB869 to placed on the Rules calendar, much in the same way he prevented HB161 from being heard by Rules in the 2011 session of the General Assembly. Unfortunately for Georgia s riders, Meadows is running unopposed in his reelection campaign but we here at ABATE of Georgia hope the House leadership will reconsider his position as Chairman of the House Rules Committee in Lastly make sure you watch next month s newsletter for a report from Chris Carr on the new State motorcycle education program he is working hard to bring to fruition. As always everyone ride safe, and keep the shiny side up. Ned Williams, State Director, ABATE of Georgia 5 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

6 Closed Districts are a complete loss to ABATE of Georgia. Districts 10 and 14 need to be reopened and made productive once again. These Districts closed for different reasons and for the most part they still have a membership base. If you have friends or family members in those areas please talk with them about reactivating the districts so we can continue with the growth we need in order to accomplish the fight for our rights. I have made an effort to contact those that have an address however a friend s request is much more likely to have an impact in getting this done. It only requires 3 officers to open a district. One must be the District Coordinator and the other must be a Treasurer and the third can be any position. Make the phone calls and see what we can accomplish. UPDATE:Disitrict 10 is REOPENING! Contact Ann Crenshaw for information! (229) District Coordinator Contact Information District 1st Name Last Name Phone # 1 Dennis Warren W Frank Chaney Anthony G Love Dave Woodruffe E Paula LaValley S Rod Hargrove W Jon Lambert Tim Brown N Allen Kennedy David Neal Kevin Brooks Leigh Jester Nancy James Cyndi Griffith David Jackson Dez Harris Dennis Crenshaw Mac Waters MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

7 A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia District Boundaries 1W: The Fourth Monday of each month at the Dari Dip on Villanow St. Lafayette. Meeting starts at 6:30pm 1:1 st Tuesday of the month at the Logan s Roadhouse 2140 East Walnut Avenue Dalton, GA 2:1st Saturday of the month 2:00pm, every month: Chattahoochee Biker Gear in Helen 3 The Watering hole,tri County Plaza 451 W Bankhead HWY Villa Rica 1st Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm 4W :1st Thursday of the Month B3 bar and grill, Austell, Ga 4E : 1st Wednesday of the Month 7PM, Confetti s Bar and Grill, 6470 Spalding Dr. Norcross, GA N: third Tuesday of the month 7PM at Cycle World 4225 Atlanta Highway,Athens Ga 5 : 7:00PM 2nd Tuesday of the Month at Rock City Cycles, Conyers Ga. 6/2:1st Thursday of the month at and Hyde's, 10 The Blvd HWY 29 North, Newnan 9: 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at Player s on 54th St. Columbus. 6 :1st Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at The Grove Bar and Grill, 4681 Bill Gardner Pkwy., 8: 4th Sunday of the 2:00pm at Road Runner Cafe, 2508 Peach Orchard Rd. (Rt. 25), Augusta 7: 1st Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM at AP's Hidden Hideaway on Broadway in Macon 10: Current ly working to reopen 13: Meets 1st Sunday of at The Henry T. Elrod Welcome Center 100 Washington Ave. Ashburn, Ga 12: Meets Last Saturday of at Mr. Chicks Chicken, 1125 US.84 Cairo, Ga 15: 1st Saturday of every month at 2PM at Toucans Ale House 2450 Perry Lane Road Brunswick, GA : 2nd Sunday of the month at 3:00 PM at The Corner Bar & Grill Savannah, GA 7 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

8 Events for May MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

9 Events for June MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

10 THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) U.N. CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL HELMET LAWS WORLDWIDE The United Nations has approved a resolution on road safety that, in part, calls for member nations to enact mandatory helmet laws. Cosponsored by United States ambassador Suzanne Powers, the non-binding resolution also calls for laws against distracted driving (such as banning inappropriate cell phone use and texting while driving) and supporting global harmonization of vehicle regulations (which could include anti-tampering measures to prevent customizing and equipment modifications). The U.N. General Assembly voted to approve the Improving Global Road Safety resolution on April 10, 2014 to encourage Member States that have not yet done so to consider enacting comprehensive legislation on key risk factors for road traffic injuries, including the non-use of helmets While countries that belong to the United Nations are not required to comply with such a non-binding resolution, many member states heed UN recommendations and can set the stage for further restrictions on motorcycles and motorcycling around the world. FTC SEEKING COMMENT ON ETHANOL LABELING The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is soliciting comments on a proposed rule to require additional labeling at the gas pump for blends of gasoline containing more than 10% ethanol, despite the knowledge that such higher levels of ethanol-laden fuel causes engine and fuel system damage in motorcycles and ATVs and can void manufacturer warranties that extend only to the use of E-10. In response to the emergence of ethanol blends as a retail fuel and the likely increased availability of such blend, the FTC proposes an additional label to avoid inadvertent misfueling, but under the rule the label would be rounded to the nearest factor of 10; so fuel containing up to 14% ethanol would be inaccurately labeled E-10. Acknowledging that, In motorcycles and nonroad products, EPA raised engine-failure concerns from overheating, the FTC solution is another label on the pump, and is seeking public comments now on their rule proposal. Deadline to submit comments is June 2, WASHINGTON STATE RIDERS ALLOWED TO RUN RED LIGHTS Washington motorcyclists will soon be allowed to run red lights under certain conditions, under Senate Bill 5141 recently signed by Governor Jay Inslee, which will allow riders to proceed through traffic stops controlled by ineffective detection devices. Traffic vehicle detection devices are scattered throughout the state in both rural and urban areas, giving streets green lights when they need them and reds when they do not. The devices, which come in the form of cameras or underground sensors, register vehicles stopped at intersections and cue traffic lights accordingly. But to motorcyclists, the technology represents the opposite of traffic efficiency, as the devices often fail to register their bikes, creating inconvenient and sometimes dangerous moments at busy intersections. The motorcycle community s longstanding wish for a solution was granted on March 31 when Gov. Inslee signed Senate Bill 5141, giving motorcyclists the option of running red lights that rely on ineffective vehicle detection devices. When motorcyclists encounter devices that fail to notice their presence, they will be allowed to proceed through the light with due caution after one complete cycle. Weight-bearing traffic signal mechanisms were developed in the 1920s, but have mostly been phased out over the years in favor of induction loop signals which are buried in the road and triggered by ferrous metal. Many of the newer detection devices are cameras that control traffic lights based on sight or timing. There was no safe and legal way to get through until this legislation passed, Larry Walker, Government Relations Specialist for the Washington Road Riders Association, told the Oregonian newspaper. Fourteen other states have passed similar legislation. Senate Bill 5141 takes effect June 12. MOTORCYCLE CLUBS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF MONGOLS IN PATCH SEIZURE Thousands of bikers from throughout southern California recently rallied in a show of support to combat a lawsuit brought by federal authorities seeking to take control of the Mongols M/C patch logo. The U.S. Department of Justice last year filed a lawsuit seeking to seize control of the trademarked logo of the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club LLC, arguing that the Mongols are a criminal organization and that the mark is used for intimidation. But the Mongols and their attorneys argue that the government is overstepping its bounds with the lawsuit, which they said would infringe on the rights of club members. They re trying to destroy the right of men to associate and indicate their association, said an attorney representing the club. The trial, previously scheduled to begin last month, has been postponed to late September. Federal prosecutors, following an October 2008 operation dubbed Black Rain in which dozens of Mongol members ultimately agreed to plead guilty to a host of charges, have labeled the Mongols an outlaw motorcycle club and argue that the government therefore has the authority to take control of the Mongols logo to prevent violence. The lawsuit breaks new ground in terms of trademark law, and may end up at the Supreme Court. Unlike a business trademark controlled by a single entity, the Mongols logo is a collective membership mark that is legally owned by one entity, but held in trust for the members; It s the votes of club members that ultimately determined who is allowed to wear the club s patch. 10 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

11 The Mongols have also filed a motion to have federal Judge Otis Wright II removed from the case, alleging bias. Wright, who ruled in favor of the Mongols in a 2008 lawsuit brought by a member whose patch was taken by law enforcement, has made statements indicating he is prejudiced against the motorcycle club, and it was Wright who first suggested to prosecutors back in 2008 that they could go after the Mongols trademark. If the Justice Department s lawsuit should succeed, it would eventually affect more than just the Mongols, the club s attorney told the Daily News; They ll go after all of the motorcycle clubs. YEMEN BANS MOTORCYCLES TO PREVENT ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS The Yemeni Interior Ministry imposed a temporary ban on motorcycles in Sanna as consecutive drive-by shootings underscored the capital s worsening security situation, Xinhua news agency reported. Hit-and-run attacks have become common in Yemen where a popular uprising in 2011 weakened government control, so the supreme security committee ordered the ban to prevent assassination attempts. Within a matter of days, two people were shot down outside their hotel by gunmen on a motorcycle, the director of training at a police college was shot by motorcycle gunmen, and a member of parliament was killed by motorcycle-riding assassins near the Ministry of Defense. SRI LANKA MAY REQUIRE LIGHTS-ON FOR MOTORCYCLES In Sri Lanka, an island country off the coast of India where motorcycles are a prominent form of transportation, Police Headquarters is evaluating the use of headlights by motorcyclists during daytime to prevent accidents, and may consider its legalization under the Motor Traffic Act, sources said. A lights-on program was initiated during the last week of January but police said it was still too early to assess its success. A senior police officer of the city traffic division said if it was found to be successful it would be legalized and introduced countrywide, adding that it was found that motorcycle accidents had reduced in many African countries on the implementation of similar laws. WEIRD NEWS: MOTORCYCLIST S ERECTION LAWSUIT PETERS OUT IN COURT A California court has dismissed a motorcyclist s erection lawsuit, in which the rider alleged that a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW K1100RS motorcycle led to a prolonged and painful erection that lasted 20 months, because the evidence didn t stand up in court. The motorcyclist filed a product liability lawsuit against BMW and the seat maker, claiming a motorcycle design defect in the motorcycle s ridge-like saddle design gave rise to his nearly two-year long bout of priapism. He claimed the painful condition left him unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish, and he sought damages for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress, and general damages, motorcycle blog Visor Down reports. A urologist testified that the plaintiff indeed suffered from priapism, but the court rejected the testimony of a neurologist who claimed the motorcycle s vibration caused the disorder. That rejection of testimony led to the case s dismissal for lack of hard evidence. Strangely enough, one man who filed a medical malpractice suit for a faulty penis implant complained that his eight-month erection prevented him from doing one of his normal activities: riding his motorcycle. FUNERAL PROTEST LAW UPHELD Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the Westboro Baptist Church the Kansas congregation known for picketing funerals with anti-gay signs died of natural causes on March 19 at the age of 84, and his death and reported excommunication from the church dovetails with a recent decision by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan, Jr., bringing closure to a nearly eight-year long legal fight over the group s funeral protests. The Westboro church gained notoriety for protesting funerals especially for troops killed in combat to express their belief that God is punishing the U.S. for homosexuality, but Missouri lawmakers responded to a 2005 Westboro protest of a soldier s funeral by passing a general prohibition against protests and pickets near funerals from one hour before they start until an hour after they end, later adding a specific 300-foot buffer zone. Following a protracted 8-year legal battle involving the Eighth Circuit striking down the general prohibition as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, which was later reversed and sent back to Gaitan for further proceedings, whereupon Judge Gaitan subsequently upheld the Missouri law. In Phelps later years, the protests themselves were largely ignored or led to counter-demonstrations that easily shouted down Westboro s incendiary message. A motorcycle group known as the Patriot Guard Riders arose to shield bereaved mourners at military funerals from Westboro s notorious signs. In an ironic twist, the debate soon shifted to whether people should protest Phelps funeral, but according to Phelps daughter Margie Phelps an attorney who argued the church s case before the U.S. Supreme Court There will be no funeral. 11 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

12 NCOM CONVENTION TEACHES RIGHTS, PREACHES UNITY The largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world will take place in Dallas for this year s annual NCOM Convention, which will draw thousands of concerned bikers from across the country to discuss legal and legislative topics of concern to all riders. The 29th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother s Day weekend, May 8-11, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel Dallas in Addison, Texas. Hosted by the Texas Confederations of Clubs, all motorcyclists are welcome and are encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to protect riders rights and preserve Freedom of the Road. Nearly three decades ago, on January 27, 1986, leaders of various motorcycle groups from across America met in Las Vegas to discuss a coming together and the need for a national united front to protect the biker life-style and riders rights, and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) was born from that gathering. Founded by personal injury attorney Richard M. Lester and wholly supported by the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) nationwide network of motorcycle-riding lawyers, NCOM has grown to over 2,000 member organizations representing hundreds of thousands of concerned motorcycle riders nationwide. The goal and purpose of NCOM is to assist all motorcycle organizations and individual riders with legal, legislative and other motorcycling issues. For more information, or to pre-register for the 2014 NCOM Convention, contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) or visit QUOTABLE QUOTE: As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. ~ Abraham Lincoln ( ) 16th U.S. President This entry was posted in Aid to Injured Motorcyclists, AIM/NCOM Motorcycle E-News, Confederation of Clubs, Motorcycle Information, Motorcycle Interest, National Coalition of Motorcyclists, NCOM Convention on April 22, 2014 by Richard Lester. MRF NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE Suite 204 Washington, DC (voice) (fax) 14NR15 - MRF News Release - U.S. EPA to FTC: Ethanol Harmful To Motorcycles FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21 April 2014 U.S. EPA to FTC: Ethanol Harmful To Motorcycles Recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule regarding the labeling of ethanol blended fuels in order to help fuel purchasers identify the correct fuel for their vehicles. Ironically, the new rule would exempt any fuel meeting the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) E15 waiver from the proposed labeling requirements. In the record section of the proposed rule, the EPA provides information under the objections to the proposed labels section openly stating that ethanol is harmful to motor vehicles, and specifically mentions that ethanol is damaging to motorcycles. The EPA indicates two major ways that ethanol affects vehicles. First, ethanol enleans the air to fuel ratio by increasing the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons. This can lead to higher exhaust temperatures and can possibly cause catalyst failure by gradually deteriorating emission control equipment. Next, other component failures can occur due to materials compatibility issues with ethanol use. 12 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

13 The EPA also found, that ethanol can damage older conventional cars, heavy-duty engines, motorcycles, and non-road engines, explaining: Older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and especially non-road products cannot fully compensate for the change in the stoichiometric air-to-fuel ratio as ethanol concentration increases. Over time, this enleanment caused by ethanol may lead to thermal degradation of the emissions control hardware and ultimately catalyst failure. Higher ethanol concentration will exacerbate the enleanment effect in these vehicles, engines, and equipment and therefore increase the potential of thermal degradation and risk of catalyst failure. In addition to enleanment, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failure and ultimately exhaust and/or evaporative emission increases For older motor vehicles, heavy-duty gasoline engines and vehicles, motorcycles, and non-road products, the potential for materials compatibility issues increases with higher ethanol concentration. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has been attempting to block the widespread sale of E15 and higher blends until they have been fully studied. The MRF supports U.S. House of Representatives bill H.R. 875, a bill that would halt the sale of E15 and commission an independent scientific study to determine all of the effects of E15 on an internal combustion motor. The lack of demand for E15 has the EPA proposing that ethanol manufactures produce less ethanol than they have for the past few years. Additionally a study done by the University of Nebraska, the third highest corn producing state in the country, found that using corn crop residue (considered a ready source for ethanol production) is harmful to the environment by generating more greenhouse gasses than traditional gasoline. The Federal Trade Commission is still taking public comments on the labeling requirements. Simply slapping another label on a fuel pump is not the best way to prevent misfueling. Separate pumps, like diesel, need to be developed and installed. Let the FTC know that you don t like the fact that fuels meeting the E15 EPA waiver are exempted, and more labels are not going to lead to less misfuels. The deadline is June 2nd and you can leave your polite public comments here: submitcomment;d=ftc More important than the labeling changes is the fact that the EPA is publicly admitting that ethanol is harmful to motorcycles, something the MRF has been stating for years. This revelation by the EPA is the sort of push we can use to rollback the sale of E15. University of Nebraska study: Study+casts+doubt+on+climate+benefit+of+biofuels+from+corn+residue 13 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

14 National and Regional News Washington, D.C.: A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints. This is a bill similar to H.R. 1861, introduced in in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). Specifically, the "Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act" would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a motorcycle passenger. The AMA fully supports the bill. The AMA has tracked motorcycle-only checkpoints since they were first enacted in New York. The state of Georgia used funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March 2011 to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week. Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation's most visible motorcycle rallies -- Rolling Thunder -- over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. Motorcycle-only checkpoints also were conducted in Utah when thousands of riders attended a world-class road-racing event. California, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing MOCs. Eleven states -- Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming -- have prohibited checkpoints by statute and/or judicial action. If passed, this bill would ensure that riders across the country are safeguarded from ineffective and prejudicial MOCs funded by the federal government. For more information on the efforts by the AMA to fight motorcycle-only checkpoints, go to Washington, D.C.: New regulations unveiled March 3 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include two key provisions that help protect motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle owners from damaging their engines and possibly voiding manufacturers' warranties. The EPA adopted E10 -- a fuel containing up to 10 percent ethanol by volume -- as its standard test fuel, beginning in The pro-ethanol industry had pressed for adoption of E15 as the standard test fuel. The AMA submitted comments to the EPA to oppose the E15 standard in June Also, the agency refused to grant a waiver for E15 for its vapor pressure limit for fuels. The vapor pressure limit is intended to reduce the amount of fuel vapors escaping into the air during refueling. During the warmer months, the pressure inside underground fuel storage tanks increases, resulting in more vapors being forced out when the refueling nozzle is open. This decision means that E15 fuels will be available in fewer locales during the warmer months, reducing the likelihood that motorcyclists and ATV riders could inadvertently fill their tanks with it. The EPA has approved E15 for use in 2001-and-newer cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles. But the fuel is not approved for use in motorcycles or ATVs. And manufacturers have warned that use of E15 in unapproved vehicles may void the warranties. Blender pumps dispensing E15 at service stations create a high potential for inadvertent E15 misfueling by consumers. For more information about the E15 issue, go to Washington, D.C.: The Roadway Safety Foundation announced that the 2014 Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders is available on-line at The guide is a hands-on, user-friendly document designed to provide community leaders and elected officials with basic information to improve roadway safety in their communities. Originally published by the RSF in 2000, this updated version includes information on new technologies and engineering treatments, such as modern roundabouts and median barriers that have been revised with years of safety research and data now supporting their use. The guide includes checklists for identifying roadway trouble spots, information on building successful coalitions and tips for getting concerns prioritized by the people who can address them. Written for non-engineers, it draws people from all backgrounds into the roadway safety conversation. For additional information on RSF, please visit on Facebook at and follow on Twitter State News Indianapolis, Ind.: House Bill 1080, requested by ABATE of Indiana and sponsored by Rep. Michael Karickhoff (R-Kokomo), permits the operator of a motorcycle, motorized bicycle, motor scooter or bicycle stuck at an intersection controlled by a traffic-actuated signal to proceed through the intersection with due caution after waiting at least 120 seconds (2 minutes). Signed into law March 27 by Gov. Mike Pence, the law takes effect July MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

15 Annapolis, Md.: Two landowner-liability bills are under consideration in the state legislature: SB 533 and HB 660. While House Bill 660 is proceeding, Senate Bill 533, Forests and Parks - Public Recreation on Private and State-Owned Land - Off-Highway Vehicles, has stalled in the senate's Judicial Proceedings Committee. The bills would extend the current liability exemption for landowners in Garrett County, allowing cross-country skiing or snowmobiling to all counties and include the use of OHVs. Passage of these bills is especially important since the Department of Natural Resources has been unable to identify suitable state property for OHV use. Hattiesburg, Miss.: All-terrain vehicle riders will have 31 miles of additional trails available this summer when the U.S. Forest Service reopens the Rattlesnake Bay ATV Trails in DeSoto National Forest. The AMA joined the ongoing efforts several off-highway vehicle groups and organized them into the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay, which then served as a strong and unified voice for the trail users. Together, the Friends of Rattlesnake Bay and the AMA pushed through the reopening and a fee structure that provides for the continued maintenance and operation of the trails. Mississippi Tourism, a division of the Mississippi Development Authority, also supported the reopening of the trails. The Forest Service's Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee unanimously approved the proposal on Feb. 27, and officials hope to open the trails to the public in May. The fee structure approved by the committee includes a $10-a-day fee for trail use and a $60-a-year annual operator fee. Trails covered by the fees include Rattlesnake Bay, the Little Tiger ATV Trail System, the Chickasaw ATV Trail System and the Bethel Motorized Trail System (which includes a motorcycle loop and ATV trail). Princeton, N.J.: Senate Bill 1614, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis), would prohibit law enforcement agencies from conducting a roadside checkpoint or other systematic inspection of vehicles that is limited to a certain type of vehicle. The legislation would not change current law regarding roadside checkpoints or inspections of commercial vehicles or other types of lawful checkpoints or roadblocks. Nelsonville, Ohio: Acting Forest Supervisor,DeVela Clark announced that the Wayne National Forest will offer three recreation fee waiver dates during summer and fall of The announced dates are June 14, (All non-national Recreation Reservation System recreation sites & trails) which is National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 27, (All non-national Recreation Reservation System recreation sites & trails), which is National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 8-11, (trails only), which coincides with the Veterans Day weekend. The fee waiver does not include Leith Run Campground and its group picnic shelters, Oak Hill Campground, Iron Ridge Campground, Two Points Group Campground and Picnic Shelter, and Lake Vesuvius Roadside and Furnace Group Picnic Shelters. The Wayne National Forest offers over 390 miles of multiple-use trails, which include horse, ATV, off-highway motorcycle, mountain bike and hiking trails. Trail permits are required to ride ATV, OHM, mountain bike, and horse trails during the open season (April 15 through Dec. 15), with exception of designated fee waiver days. Trail permits go on sale beginning April 1. The 241,000-acre Wayne National Forest offers a variety of recreation opportunities. For more information, visit Harrisburg, Pa.: A vote on HB Recreational Use of Land and Water Act -- is expected soon. The bill originally was intended to limit liability for landowners who allowed the public to use their land for recreation, such as OHV riding. Legislators, bowing to lobbying by trial lawyers, added amendments that have rendered the bill nearly useless for opening new recreational lands. The AMA and the Pennsylvania Off-Highway Vehicle Association support the bill with amendment A introduced by state Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), which offers a practical compromise. Salt Lake City, Utah: House Bill 289, sponsored by Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville), repeals the sunset date on the affirmative defense for an operator of a motorcycle, moped, or bicycle who is 16 years of age or older, for a red light or red arrow violation in certain circumstances. The law that permitted operators of motorcycles, moped and bicycles to proceed with caution through an intersection controlled by a traffic-actuated signal that fails to recognize their vehicle was due to expire July 1, Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill March 25. Salt Lake City, Utah: House Bill 281, sponsored by Rep. Craig Hall (R-West Valley City), would authorize the operation of motorcycles and motor-driven cycles between lanes of traffic and between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles, subject to rules created by the Department of Public Safety. Richmond, Va.: House Bill 122, sponsored by Del. Edward T. Scott (R-Culpeper), defines an autocycle to mean any three-wheeled motor vehicle that has a steering wheel and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride and is manufactured to comply with federal safety requirements for motorcycles. The bill addresses issues such as occupant helmet and eye protection requirements, and prohibits an autocycle from being used by a driver s license applicant for a behind-the-wheel examination. HB-122 was signed into law March 3 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and takes effect July 1. Industry News Irvine, Calif.: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has launched four new courses on itunes U: An Adventure in Motorcycle Physics, Dr. Ray s Street Strategies, Dr. Ray s Guide to Group Riding and Dr. Ray s Seasoned Rider. These four courses address a wide variety of motorcycle tips and strategies to help motorcyclists sharpen their skills, make wise choices on the road and become riders of good riding character. All four courses are free and are available now. Formatted for the iphone and ipad, the MSF courses on itunes U incorporate photos, technical diagrams and video clips to illustrate the concepts and have been structured as five-week courses. 15 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER



18 IMPORTANT: ABATE of Georgia: PEACHPASS INFO FOR MOTORCYCLES The new "HOT" Lanes (most of the current HOV Lanes are being converted to HOT Lanes) require a "PeachPass" to use the Lane, this cost money, $20.00 minimum, motorcycles will still need to be exempt from paying for the "PeachPass" and still be able to use either the "HOV" or "HOT" Lanes at no cost. What do you need to do? To use the new "HOT" Lanes will require that you register your motorcycle with the "PeachPass" people and there is NO CHARGE for this. All you will need is your motorcycle license tag and drivers license numbers. You CANNOT NOT USE THE WEB to register but must call the following number: (855) PCH-PASS ( ). If you use the online form then you will end up paying for the privilege to use the "HOT" Lanes. Ride like a pro would like to offer the members of ABATE a special discount on Ride Like A PRO Atlanta Advanced Motorcycle skills training. This offer is good for current and future members of ABATE. The ABATE discount pricing is $ per rider - a $10 discount off regular price. As I offer to all my students, they can retake my advance training classes for 12 months after they take the initial class. They will need to or call and check if I have additional space in the class Scott Ford Ride Like A PRO Atlanta **YOU MUST INSTALL THE PEACHPASS ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE** Legislative update:state Legislative Director, James F. Trucks Perhaps the best friend of motorcyclists in the Georgia House of Representatives is also the newest member. He is Sam Moore, elected in a special election a little over two months ago, who represents District 22, which includes parts of Cherokee and Forsyth Counties. Of his own volition, Sam introduced a bill authorizing a form of lane filtering ; moreover, he has expressed his firm support for other legislation sought by ABATE. Sam now faces another election on May 20 for the full term commencing in January He has meaningful opposition in the Republican primary from the candidate he defeated earlier this year as well as from another individual. His previous opponent enjoys substantial financial support from the entrenched political and educational establishment, having raised considerably more than Sam in campaign funds. ABATE does not endorse specific candidates. However, we do encourage each member to visit Sam s website, and to consider how you in your individual capacity might help him to retain his seat in the General Assembly. 18 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

19 The ABATE back patches are available in large for men $30.00 and medium for women $25.00, Contact y our District coordinator to get yours now! HTTP/ Do you know of a traffic signal that does not see your bike when you pull up? Is there a pothole that no one will fix? Is there some form of road hazard that public works NEEDS to repair? Are there roads that have more than a few isolated accidents, with or without fatalities? If so, TELL US! roadhazard.htm A Special offer for ABATE of Georgia Members from Two Wheel Adventures Call us (678) Two Wheel Adventures will be offering a class every other month. Cost per Student is $ First class offering starts Feb 26, 2012 Students have to ride their own bikes, must have a valid motorcycle endorsement GET YOUR LICENSE MSF and Georgia approved training provider Abate Preferred Provider and Abate member Official trainer of the Zac Brown Band 2 Locations : Lakewood Amphitheater & Fraziers Harley Davidson Classes taught by Chris Carr 2011 National Middleweight Superbike Champion 19 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

20 CHAPLAIN S CORNER Eric Shumans CMA Georgia State Coordinator I would first like to start off by giving a big THANK YOU to ABATE of Georgia for allowing CMA to be a part of the SWAP MEET that was in held in Griffin last month. We were able to set up a booth at that event as well as have a Sunday morning service there. Thank you to Jim Alshire from the Freedom Riders Chapter for preaching that service. I feel like the event was a good success because of everyone including all the vendors seemed to work well together to make it all happen. My wife and I recently had the opportunity to go see the movie God s Not Dead and I would just like to say that it was awesome. I m sure that by the time this newsletter comes out that the movie will no longer be in the movie theaters but I would encourage you if you did not get a chance to go see it at the movie theater to be sure to check it out when it comes out on DVD. I especially liked a quote in the movie by Willie Robertson, he said, My life and my whole eternity belongs to God. All this stuff is temporary. Money, Fame, Success Temporary. EVEN LIFE is temporary. Jesus that s eternal. That really is such a true statement. It doesn t matter whether you have a lot or a little the fact remains that at some point each of us is going to depart from this earth. The question is where will you choose to spend eternity? To be ready for eternity, to know you're going to heaven when you die, means to know that you have had every sin of your life - the sin that would keep any of us out of heaven - it has been erased from God's Book forever. Only one person can do that; the man who paid the penalty for it, Jesus, when He died on the cross. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in shall not perish but have eternal life. It is my prayer for you that if you have not already asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart to be your Lord and Savior that you would please consider doing so, before the time comes that you will no longer be able to make that choice. Christian Motorcyclists Association Georgia Contacts Here if you need us! State Coordinator Eric Shumans East Central Area Rep Terry Kleeblatt Middle Ga. Area Rep Barry Walker North East Area Rep Cliff Finney North Metro Area Rep Bobby Grimes South West Area Rep Mark Joiner Youth Movement Leader Dave Wilson ABATE District CMA Chapter Presidents District 1 Dalton Vic Reed District 7 Warner Robbins Bill Gragg Ellijay David McDaniel District 8 Augusta Kelly Newsome Lafayette Eddie Wilson District 9 Columbus Steve Ward District 2 Blairsville Gary Radcliff District 11 Savannah Jim Williams Cleveland Dennis Jackson Statesboro George Pollard Gainesville Dan Montgomery District 15 Brunswick Dan McFee District 3 Carrollton Paul Holder Jesup Larry Madray Cartersville Cliff Graham St. Marys Curt Johnson Rome Jamie Howell District 4 Duluth Jonathan Landwer Lawrenceville Ricky Berry Marietta Lee Brooks District 5 Athens Tracy Allen Conyers Dennis Savage Loganville Bruce Darnell District 6 Griffin Jimmy Dykes Newnan Riley Guttirrez If life has not been what you had hoped, why not come home to Jesus? If life has not been what you had hoped, why not come home to Jesus? 20 MAY 2014 A.B.A.T.E. OF GEORGIA, INC. NEWSLETTER

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