1 Mar-Apr 2015 ISSUE 2 ABATE of NEW YORK The FreedomWriter NON-PROFIT Org. U.S. Postage PAID Binghamton, NY Permit No OR CURRENT RESIDENT "Ride to the Capital!" abateny.org American Bikers Aimed Toward Education ABATE of New York State Office P.O. Box 167 Walker Valley, NY The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015
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3 ABATE of New York, Inc State Officers President Robert Porter Vice President Paul Pritchard Treasurer Tammy Ware Secretary Bob "Prospector" Boellner Legislative Coordinator Don Richer Sgt. at Arms Joe Carcaramo Public Relations Brian Burns contact info bellow Western Region A Coordinator OPEN Region B Coordinator Scott Ryan Region C Coordinator OPEN Region D Coordinator Metro NY/LI OPEN Region E Coordinator John Tichy 2014 State Appointees State Office Manager Chris Werder P.O.Box 167, Walker Valley, NY Treasury Manager Deb Trask Newsletter Editor John Reid Newsletter Ad Manager Brian Burns Webmaster John Cholewa NEXT NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Deadline: April 1, 2015 for the May/June 2015 issue 3 Send submission to: What is ABATE? American Bikers Aimed Toward Education is a not for profit corporation formed to promote and protect the interests of New York state motorcyclists. ABATE monitors and interacts with the legislative process, enhancing the image of motorcycling, and provides educational and social opportunities for members and non-members. ABATE will continue to strive to stay acquainted with the issues and the people of the motorcycling community. We encourage all our members to be informed registered voters. ABATE of New York, Inc. supports Motorcycle Riders Education classes currently being offered throughout NYS. We welcome the interested people to any of our activities and to join our organization. All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome. For more information, visit our website at: New York State Websites New York State ASSEMBLY Sheldon Silver, Speaker New York State Assembly Assemblymen: New York State Senate: Senators: To search for a New York state bill go to The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr
4 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015 New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Summary of Motorcycle Crashes 2012 TABLE 1 Motorcycle Crashes Category Totals All Crashes Police Reported Total Crashes 5,916 5,375 Fatal Crashes Non-Fatal Personal Injury Crashes 5,052 4,793 Reportable Property Damage Crashes Vehicles 9,544 8,685 Drivers Involved 9,186 8,424 Motorcycle Operators 5,851 5,386 Non-Motorcycle Drivers 3,335 3,038 Vehicle Occupants 11,182 10,340 Special Motorcycle Crash Series Motorcycle/Pedestrian Crashes Motorcycle/Bicycle Crashes Fatalities Persons Killed (1) Drivers Killed Motorcycle Operators Non-Motorcycle Drivers 1 1 Passengers Killed Motorcycle Passengers Passengers in Other Vehicles 1 1 Pedestrians Killed 6 6 Bicyclists Killed 1 1 Other 0 0 Non-Fatal Injuries Persons Injured (1) 5,820 5,545 Drivers Injured 5,129 4,872 Passengers Injured Pedestrians Injured Bicyclists Injured Other 10 9 (1) Includes pedestrians, bicyclists and all other non-vehicle involved persons as well as vehicle occupants regardless of seating position. TABLE 2(P) Severity of Crash Number Percent Total 5, Fatal (K) Crashes Personal Injury Crashes Serious (A) 1, Moderate (B) 1, Minor (C) 1, Unknown Severity Property Damage (O) Crashes General Notes ABATE of New York, Inc. Chapters Albany Chapter P.O. Box 3808 Albany, NY Brooklyn Chapter P.O. Box Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Alliance Chapter P.O. Box 193 Brooklyn, NY Buffalo-Erie Chapter P.O. Box 286 West Seneca, NY BuffaloErieAbate.com Cayuga Chapter P.O. Box 74 Auburn, NY Chautauqua Chapter P.O. Box 572 Dunkirk, NY Clinton Chapter PO Box 2032, Plattsburgh NY Columbia Chapter P.O. Box 227 Hudson, NY Cortland-Chenango Chapter P.O. Box 245 McGraw, NY cortland-chenangoabate.com Finger Lakes Chapter P.O. Box 353 Hornell, NY ABATE of Genesee P.O. Box 233 Elba, NY Monroe Chapter P.O. Box Rochester, NY ABATEnyMonroe.org * Some of the tables are based upon information received from police and motorist reports of motor vehicle crashes. Others are based only on the police reports; these are indicated by a (P). * The Property Damage Crash reporting level is $1,000 or more. * The term "vehicle" always excludes bicycles. * The term "driver" always excludes bicyclists. * Percentages may not total due to rounding. North Ulster Chapter P.O. Box 13 West Hurley, NY Onondaga Chapter P.O. Box Syracuse, NY Ontario Chapter P.O. Box 546 Canandaigua, NY abatenyontario.20m.com Orleans Chapter P.O. Box 43 Medina, NY orleanscountyabate.com Oswego Chapter P.O. Box 133 Central Square, NY Queens Chapter PO Box Cambria Heights, NY Rensselaer Chapter P.O.Box 360 West Sand Lake, NY Schenectady Chapter PO Box Albany NY electriccityabate.weebly.com Southern Tier Chapter P.O. Box 2441 Binghamton, NY abateofstny.org Warren Chapter P.O.Box 2213 Glens Falls NY Wayne Chapter P.O. Box 332 Ontario, NY submited by Pete Campanella Western Regional Coordinator
5 ABATE of New York, Inc. SPONSORS The following clubs, businesses and organizations have joined ABATE of NY, Inc. to help further our goals and to help us fight for motorcyclists rights by becoming a sponsor. THANK YOU! We appreciate your SUPPORT! FULL THROTTLE INS AGENCY- Patchogue, NY SWAHN INSURANCE- Riverhead, NY Sponsors pay $25 per year to have their business or organization name printed in our state newsletter and receive a certificate. If your club, business, or organization supports our mission and would like to become a sponsor, contact Mike Grasby, our Advertising Manager for further details. You can reach him by at: or by phone: SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US! ATTENTION: ALL NEWSLETTER MATERIAL SUBMITTED FOR FUTURE EDITIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO Chapters remember that you are entitled to a 1/4 page of every edition of this newsletter. ABATE of New York, Inc. AIMS & PURPOSES QR Code for ABATE of New York, Inc. MEETINGS 2015 Meetings are held at: LOCATION: TBA STATE CHAPTERS MEETINGS The State Chapters Meetings start at 1:00pm. The ABATE Board meets at 12:00pm before every State Chapter Meeting. February 21 STATE BOARD MEETINGS The State Board Meetings start at 10:00am. March 15 If you or anyone you know has been stopped at a motorcycle-only roadblock or harassed in any way by law enforcement for being on a motorcycle, please contact Prospector ASAP at to make a formal complaint to the Attorney General's office. 5 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015
6 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 201 ABATE of New York State Board meeting December 21, 2014 Call to Order by President Porter at 12:12 pm "Pledge of Allegiance" "Moment of Silance" Board Members present: President Porter, VP Pritchard, Deb Trask, Prospector, Don Richer and Pete Campanella Reading of minutes of previous meeting Motion #B38-14: Pete, Paul; accept reading of minutes Discussion: MSN program to run non-profit on line. Motoin #B39-14: Pete, Paul; Don to look into MSN package to run notfor-profit on line. Unanimous Discussion: Should we convert to 501C3 Discussion: Javits Center show ABATE took in $ in donations. Discussions: Status of new tri-folds; Brian Burns will take over the project. Discussions: Appoint a committee to look into chartering a bus to Javits 2015, will take to chapters at Seminar. State office manager contract AMA membership application Treasurer manager contract NY office for non-profits; package was distributed to board. Treasurer report: Finger Lakes and Monroe are delinquent with treasury reports. Discussion: State Newsletter Motion #B40-14: Paul, Pete; allow Deb to investigate for an alternate accountant and report back to the board by Feb board meeting. Public relations report: Don Region A report: Finger Lakes chapter is in trouble. Discussions: Finger Lakes Discussions: Foundation materials to seminar. Pete Campanella requested appointment to the board as Region A coordinator. Appointment approved. Seminar committee report: Paul Freedom Rally report: Ben Rabin has all information Bylaw committee report: Don Communications committee report: Don; looking at skype and others. Discussions: Offensive material on social media under ABATE name. President Porter refused to remove such material despite objections by both the outgoing 2014 board and 2015 incoming board. Ultimately the President stated "I will take 'that' down by the next meeting." continued board took oath of office State Office manager contract was signed by the board. Motion #B41-14: Brian, Pete; to adjourn Meeting adjourned at 3:34 pm. State Chapters meeting reminder Folks, This is a reminder that our first State Chapters meeting will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, February 21st at: American Legion Post 1194, Hillcrest 363 W. Service Rd. Binghamton NY We have a full State Board of Directors, and several new Chapters. The possibilities are exciting. Our By-laws are being revised, we're much closer to an insurance solution, we're looking at various technologies for enabling remote attendance, we're preparing for the Freedom rally and much more. So for those of you who have not attended a State level meeting for some time, and/or have sent representatives instead of attending yourself - now would be a great time to make a difference, by attending and participating in person. Please invite any of your Chapter members, especially those who are considering a run for State office in the next election. We also encourage all Legislative Coordinators to attend these meetings, if and when possible. See for yourself what goes on. Don't think you know because of past experience, or what you may have heard - second hand. Become part of the process for positive change, and be there - in person - to make sure it happens. We look forward to meeting with each of you, and hearing your ideas for moving ahead. ABATE of New York, Inc. State Board of Directors submited by D. Richer Legistrative Coordinator 6
7 Legislative Matters One of the things I think we need is to be informed of the Legislation we actively support throughout the State. Below is a short list of the top four. As you read the list you will see an entry beginning with an "A". This is an Assembly bill number. Next to it comes the last name of the Assembly member who sponsored the Bill. Following that may be a number which begins with a "S", and SYRACUSE CYCLE-EXPO '15 would be the companion Senate Bill, if one exists. After that is the last name of the Senator sponsoring the Bill. Finally - all of this is followed by a brief summary of each Bill. Buy New Build a Re-cycle Cycle Restore & Rebuild at Syracuse's Annual Indoor Motorcycle Showcase & Swap Meet A03147 Lupardo (no Senate support) Requires the municipal FEBRUARY police training 7-8, commission 2015 to ensure Saturday: 11am - 6 pm Sunday: noon-spm that issues Center relating of Progress to Building, motorcycle New York profiling State Fairgrounds, are addressed Syracuse, NY in basic law enforcement training. The Largest Motorcycle Showcase & Swap Meet Under One Roof In The North East! Door Prize & Cash Awards For Custom Bikes A03232 Will Lupardo be given away Sunday night 3-4 pm, must (no be Senate present to win! support) Relates to motorcycle insurance policies and requires owners' ADVANCE ENTRY FORM policies of liability to inform the insured that motor MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO SUPER SWAP DATE. vehicle _ nofault insurance does not apply to motorcycles and that state uninsured motorist coverage is available in the alternative. Please indicate the number(s} ofbooth(s} aesired. Total$ Paid$ Balance Due, Inventory To Be Sold. Name Of Company ~ Address Phone( } NY State Sales Tax No. A03241 Lupardo S02381 Nozzolio Provides The that promoter motorcyclists rese~es the right, at any time, at over his sole discretion, the age to refuse of to allow twenty-one set up and I or to throw out shall be any person or vendor for any reason, to protect the Integrity of the show and other vendors at Super Swap. exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet when operating Authorized Signature~ or riding a motorcycle. A09083 Crespo S02113 Ritchie Establishes a motorcycle safety awareness component as a requirement for licensing. (This Bill has not been re-introduced for 2015, and has expired.) Set up Friday 5-9 and Saturday 8 AM - 10 AM Show open from 11 am to 6 PM Saturday 12 to 5 PM on Sunday Retain ticket stubs for chance to win a Door Prize Bills waiting for Senate support are desperately in need of our grassroots efforts. This means each member working with your Chapter Legislative Coordinator, writing letters, and contacting your representatives in their FEES: (Booth local size offices. 10 X 10) You do not have to If business name advertise at Meet (for Motorcycles & wait until our Freedom Rally Parts in Albany only) -- $125 per to booth visit your Assembly Leather, T-shirts, Jewelry - $150 Motorcycle Parts Only - $50 and Senate reps. You most definitely should be contacting them, (limit 1 per person-businesses not eligible) on a regular basis, at their local offices within your respective Please send certified check or money order made out to SUPER SWAP districts. 50% non-returnable deposit required to reserve spots and placement The following is taken from a message recently sent to all FIRST COME FIRST SERVED Legislative Coordinators, and is meant for you, our members: As you know the legislative For Ticket information process or Reservations is THE call: bottom line for Frank Westfall at from llam - 6 pm days ABATE. NOTHING Or write SUPER gets SW AP, done 478 N. Salina for or Street, against Syracuse, NY us without laws, and so this really is the -ALL most DEPOSITS important NON REFUNABLE- part of ABATE. Our job SET UP - Set up Friday, 5-9 PM and Saturday, 8 AM- 10 AM is to affect change Please be set in up the by loam Legislation Saturday so that regarding show may open at the 11 am motorcycle related issues we support. All late entries must call and notify Show Office of late arrival. ( ) DEPART- Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 between 5 PM and 8 PM All vendors must be out and areas cleaned by 8 PM Sunday night NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE! submitted by Don Richer So that we can pursue this, we need to start preparing for participation in the process. The first thing each individual must do is to identify your representatives, both in the Senate and Assembly. The easiest way I know of is to go to the ABATE of NY State web site - then in the left hand sidebar of the Main page click on the link "Legislation". Scroll down near the bottom of the ABATE Legislation Information page, and under "Representatives" you will see two web links. The first link is titled: Find your New York State Senator The second link is titled: Find your New York State Assembly Rep. Click on each link and fill in the fields which are at most - street address, city, & zip code. This will provide you with the name of your representative. Write down the representative's names and what District they are in. For example: My Assemblyman is Al Stirpe, and I am in the 127th Assembly District my State Senator is John DeFrancisco, and I am in the NYS Senate District 50. Also - don't assume that a single County (or City) is represented by a single Assembly person. In many Districts they are not. Everyone needs to lookup their own representatives to be sure. Keep in mind - the PRIMARY responsibility of every chapter is to influence their area legislators. The first step toward this is to identify who your representatives are. FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE Even if you are on the right track, You'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rodgers 7The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015
8 Mar-Apr th Annual Freedom Rally May 18th 2015 Ride to the Capital Come join riders from across the state. ABATE of NY, Inc. Oswego County Chapter Indoor Rodeo and Chili Cook-Off Saturday March 15th, 2014 at Kasoag Lake Park County Rt.30 Williamstown,NY Games Start at 1:00 Chili Tasting all day Awards at 4:00 Donation: $5.00 For more info call Jim at or Bruce at ABATE of New York Events March 22nd 2015 ABATE of Ontario County - Motorcycle Swap Meet Noon to 5:00 PM at the Inn On The Lake, 770 South Main Street, Canandaigua, NY. Motorcycle parts, accessories, clothing, tools and much more! Food and beverages available. More details at Cyberspokes.com. Admission $5 per person. Under 16 free! Vendor tables $30 each. Call Don Mohr Americade 8 Americade is the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally, attracting over 100,000 annually. Come for the day or for the week to the "Best Riding Event in the U.S." with the most factory demos, a massive motorcycle expo, lots of incredible motorcycle events and the most rides in the U.S.! June15th 2015 Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate: -The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians. -That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life. -That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities. -That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation. -That motorcycling is a social good. Attention from "Prospector" Please turn in any state issued sound meters to your regional coordinators. ASAP Thank You!
9 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 201 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.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) would prohibit the use of federal funds to establish motorcycle-only checkpoints. Specifically, S. 127, the "Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act," would restrict the U.S. 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 passenger on a motorcycle. The AMA fully supports the bill. Motorcycle riders are already subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety checkpoints like all other motorists. The AMA has fought motorcycle-only checkpoints since the state of New York announced plans to set up 15 of them in 2008 to stop riders on their way summer motorcycling events. "Evidence suggests that motorcycle-only checkpoints do not effectively reduce motorcycle injuries or fatalities and do not address the factors that are the main contributors to motorcycle accidents," the senators wrote in a press release about the bill. "Accordingly, NHTSA does not list the practice in its own 2013 Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Offices, which details policies and activities that the agency considers effective at reducing crash injuries and fatalities." States use funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for the checkpoints, so federal legislation can halt the practice. If passed, this federal bill will cut off NHTSA funding and ensure that riders across the country are safeguarded from these ineffective and discriminatory stops. California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Washington, D.C. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the number of motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes declined by 6.4 percent from 2012 to 2013, and the number injured dropped 5.4 percent. In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclist fatalities were reported, down 318 from the 4,986 in Similarly, 88,000 "occupants" were reported to have been injured in motorcycle crashes in 2013, down from 93,000 the year before. The NHTSA also reported that motor vehicle crash fatalities overall decreased by 3.1 percent in 2013 and injuries declined 2.1 percent. One factor in the lower incidence of motorcycle crash fatalities was an 8.3 percent decrease in the number of motorcycle crashes in which the rider was impaired by alcohol, the NHTSA reported. The NHTSA report also noted that there were 190 fewer fatalities in 2013 among motorcyclists aged 50 to 69 years. That decline represented 60 percent of the total decrease in motorcyclist fatalities. "Motorcyclist safety is of utmost importance," says AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "That is why the AMA is participating in the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study underway at Oklahoma State University. We hope that the information from this extensive examination of motorcycle crashes will lead to better strategies for making our roads safer for motorcyclists." The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is the first comprehensive examination since the 1981 Hurt Report on the factors contributing to motorcycle crashes in the United States. When the project is completed in 2016, it will provide a large and unique data set derived from actual motorcycle crashes and riders with similar risk characteristics, with a focus on the unique circumstances that produce motorcycle crashes. The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study will provide upto-date information on the types of dangers modern motorcyclists face. The study is important, because it will provide new insights into which factors affect motorcyclist safety and how. 12
10 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr Bills may put motorcyclists at risk Contact Congress today! On Feb. 10, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced S. 424, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act. The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to open the reserved spectrum to unlicensed devices in the upper 5.8 GHz and lower 5.9 GHz band, eliminating the FCC and the U.S. Department of Transportation s ability to ensure the vehicle-to-vehicle technology is free from interference. Companion legislation (H.R. 821) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R- Ohio), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.). The American Motorcyclist Association opposes these bills and shares the Intelligent Transportation Society of America s position that the testing plan for the use of unlicensed devices in the 5.8 GHz to 5.9 GHz band should proceed without pre-emptive legislation that sets arbitrary deadlines and restrictive parameters. Tell Congress you oppose these bills. Send a prewritten by using the easy-to-use AMA Federal Action Center. The AMA is concerned that over-reliance on technological driving solutions could increase the risk to motorcyclists by lulling motorists into a false sense of security and by reducing their overall awareness of their surroundings while behind the wheel. Before allowing unlicensed devices to operate within the band, the DOT needs to test them, free from political pressure and artificial deadlines, to ensure that motorcyclists safety and privacy are secure and that vehicles using advanced crash-avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle technologies are not compromised. To date, the DOT has been unable to guarantee there would be no interference. Intersections already pose a well-documented problem for motorcyclists. Imagine how much more dangerous intersections would become if drivers begin to rely on advanced safety technologies that are not thoroughly tested? Drivers may believe these technologies will protect them and other road users, and may not be prepared for malfunction at a critical juncture. In testimony before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee in the last Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory D. Winfree said, We have very serious concerns about any spectrum sharing that prevents or delays access to the desired channel or otherwise preempts the safety applications. At this time, the department is unaware of any existing or proposed technical solution which guarantees interference-free operation of the DSRC safety-critical applications, while allowing Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 5.9 GHz spectrum (emphasis added). The DOT believes these technologies will reduce the 6 million crashes and more than 30,000 fatalities that occur annually on U.S. roadways. According to a National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, connected-vehicle technology will enhance safety on the nation s highways, potentially addressing 80 percent of the crash scenarios involving non-impaired drivers. The report also cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research showing that connected-vehicle technology could help prevent the majority of types of crashes that typically occur in the real world, such as crashes at intersections or while changing lanes. In a landmark study published in 1981, the Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures Volume I: Technical Report (popularly known as the Hurt Report ), the single most common multi-vehicle motorcycle crash involves a car making a left turn into the path of a motorcycle at an intersection. Additionally, in a Motorcycle Accidents In-Depth Study, researchers investigated in detail 921 crashes in 1999 and 2000 in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy and found that 54.3 percent of the crashes occurred at intersections. Help ensure that future high-technology solutions for our roadways make the riding environment safer for motorcyclists. Tell Congress you oppose these bills! Thousands of riders like you join the AMA to unite for a common goal to protect our freedom to ride. As an AMA member, you will stand with hundreds of thousands of advocates nationwide fighting anti-motorcycling forces that threaten our right to ride and race. That s why the AMA is where you belong. Visit or call (800) AMA-JOIN today.
11 The Freedom Writer Help spread the word! Please request the materials for your Chapters to distribute for awareness! Contact, Pete Campanella, or phone Materials are free, shipping cost required... NOTE: ABATE of New York encourages local chapters to participate in motorcycle events that provides awareness and support for the motorcycling comunity. Mar-Apr
12 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr Bipartisan Senate Bill would Ban Federal Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints January 8, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. A bipartisan bill introduced today by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) would prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints. 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 passenger on a motorcycle. The American Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation fully support the bill. Motorcycle-only checkpoints are discriminatory, forcing riders and their passengers to do something not asked of other citizens, simply because we choose to travel on two wheels, or three, instead of four, said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. The AMA believes the money used for these operations could be better spent supporting programs that conduct rider education, reduce distracted driving and encourage motorist awareness of motorcycles. We are excited to work on this most important issue, said Jeff Hennie, vice president of government relations and public affairs for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. It is imperative that we end the discriminatory act of motorcycle only checkpoints. Motorcycle riders already are subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other motorists. The MRF and AMA have fought motorcycle-only checkpoints since the state of New York announced plans to set up 15 of them in 2008 to stop riders on their way summer motorcycling events. Evidence suggests that motorcycle-only checkpoints do not effectively reduce motorcycle injuries or fatalities and do not address the factors that are the main contributors to motorcycle accidents, the senators wrote in a press release about the bill. Accordingly, NHTSA does not list the practice in its own 2013 Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide for State Highway Offices, which details policies and activities that the agency considers effective at reducing crash injuries and fatalities. States use funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for the checkpoints, so federal legislation can halt the practice. If passed, this federal bill will cut off NHTSA funding and ensure that riders across the country are safeguarded from these ineffective and discriminatory stops. Using motorcyclists tax dollars to discriminate and harass them with mandatory roadside checkpoints in the name of safety is offensive and just plain wrong. No one is more aware of the condition of the motorcycle than the person riding it, Hennie said. If the NHTSA truly is interested in motorcyclists safety, it would fund proven programs that help prevent crashes, rather than these checkpoints, Allard said. California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing motorcycle-only checkpoints. All Information contained in this release is copyrighted. Reproduction permitted with attribution. Motorcycle Riders Foundation. All rights reserved. Ride With The LeadersTM by joining the MRF at page or call (202)
13 It s time you did something more to protect your rights! Join and Support Motorcycle Riders Foundation REGISTER, VOTE, AND RIDE! Annual Individual Membership...$30 3-Year Individual Membership...$80 Annual Joint Membership...$50 3-Year Joint Membership...$130 Annual Sustaining Membership... $100 Sustaining Motorcycle Club...$100 Annual Industry Council Membership...$100 Freedom Fighter Donation: $10 $25 $ New Renewal (Member # ) PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE YOUR INFORMATION: Name Address City, State, Zip Phone Address Check here if you would like to receive MRF alerts Check here if you do not want to receive patches and pins Are you a member of a state motorcyclist s rights organization? Yes No If yes, name Mail remittance to: Motorcycle Riders Foundation 1325 G Street N.W. Suite 500 Washington D.C / Phone / CHARGE IT! Visa MasterCard AmEx Card Number Expiration Date Signature Date FOR OFFICE USE ONLY All information treated confidentially Referred by Date MRF # Exp. Date Member was given: Pin Patch Year Rocker Newsletter What issue? The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr
14 The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015 YOU CAN READ THE STATE NEWSLETTER ONLINE! YOU CAN ALSO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE ABATE of New York, Inc. - Membership Application ABATE of New York State Office P.O. Box 167 Walker Valley, NY ARE YOU MOVING? Bulk Mail is not forwarded; please update your address. Mail to: ABATE of New York, Inc. P.O. Box 167 Walker Valley, NY Name: Member #: Chapter: Address: City: State: Zip: Date this new address is to take effect: Phone: Fax: Other members in the household who will need to be updated: Name: Member #: 20 Signature:
15 We would like to acknowledge our newest Milestone Members and thank them for their continued dedication to the organization. Dennis M Haslam Larry Strate Kathy Eldridge Richard Middleton Earl R Anders Allan Schumacher Mark W Miller Louis Buzz Pilotti Tom Laine Rodney Bacon Paula Annis John Brzoza Chip Lightnen Crawford John Brzoza Terry Mannion Darlene M Michalski Edward M Michalski Fifteen Years Chris Kreuzer Gerald M Panella Melanie Knight Thomas Brotherton Tom Smith Gerry Thornberg Dan Kleisle Gary Pappas Patti Straub Louis S Giancontieri Matthew McOmber Ron Steiner Thomas Schinsing Twenty Year's Paul R Arseneau Edith Arseneau Ronald L Holland Mike J Maenza Carl Decker Jr Alan E Webb Nathaniel Priest Twenty One Year's Darryl Horzempa George Vassilev Scott Frenze Deborah Dean-Schachner Jonathan Child Gene Raduns Marty Clayson Kenneth Conine Nicholas Napolitano Matthew Schultz Twenty Two Year's Ed Andross Jeddy Tranquill Peter T Williams Twenty Three Year's Steve Brady Robert E Chatterson Bob Rodriguez Gary VanValkenburg Bill Prost Mike Clerico Twenty Four Year's Marlene H Trafford Patrick Smoothie McBride Debbie Sackel Giorgio Joseph M Giorgio Donald Corky Edwards Leonard Palmer Jean Saunders Twenty Six Year's Alan R Oakley Ed Gilmore Jan Maloney Ken Dugan Twenty Seven Year's Pete Campanella Sue Matteson Ed Jurenko Twenty Eight Year's Paul Hermann Ken Postle Ryder Fitzgerald Twenty Nine Year's Becky Persons Fran Abrams Dale Graff Roddy Niesen Curt Dunnam Thirty Year's Matthew Valent Joseph Valent Jerry Croston The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr 2015 continued on next page... 11
16 The Freedom Writer Milestone Members continued... Thirty One Year's J.R. Stadler Thirty Three Year's Jerry MacDonald Bruce E Meyers Jr Rick Shaw Thirty Four Year's Frank "Super Swap" Westfall Thirty Five Year's Gary White Our Newest Charter Life Members: Joseph R Garces Leon P Karlak Sr Campbell Whitford Michael Farrell Salvatore A Bonafede Reminder ABATE's tool box includes PAC ABATE Road Riders for Freedom Political Action Committee Corporate law prohibits ABATE of New York Inc. from making political contributions. The PAC is a separate and independent corporation that is able to make monetary contributions and endorse candidates. It is subject to close scrutiny by the state of NewYork. The PAC is a very effective tool, but only if we use it, and in order to use it, we must fund it. To send a donation: ABATE RRF, INC P.O. Box 1155 Riverhead, NY To request funds: AJ Travis All reimbursements are subject to availability of funds, but anyreasonable request is usually honored. Remember, the money supply is short in election years. The Freedom Writer Mar-Apr
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19 d v e r t i s e m e n t motorcyclist news & Items, observations and viewpoints from a legal riding perspective GAZETTE Vol. 1 Issue 2 This Property New York s Trial Condemned Court System Law s a Dumb Tool Hauled Into Court The tabloid headline howls injustice In the first case of its kind in U.S. history, big money and corrupt power abuses NY State s trial system is going on trial. the little guy, with lawyers right in the The NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) has brought suit thick of it, using the law to do their The ACLU for the state s chronic evil client s bidding. Lousy, corrupt intervened on Rush failure to provide con lawyers. Sharks, piranha. Limbaugh s behalf We can t argue the perception in his infamous 06 stitutionally guaranteed right to counsel for the drug bust but we ll argue nevertheless, because crimininally accused. that s what lawyers do they argue. Their investigation revealed that Lawyers don t make accused are routinely arraigned law, they argue law. without counsel present, 1/3rd of all And law s a dumb accused never see their lawyers except tool. A screwdriver in court, and that some prosecutors is a useful tool to receive 35 times more public funds honest mechanics for investigation than public defenders and burglars alike. As old as law is the adage you can t (emphasis added) national stats cite up to 7x the legislate morality. We can be morally repulsed by the abuse of laws as much recommended caseload with virtually as the next guy, but it s our job to find no investigative allowance and a 30+% a legal answer a legal argument to greater chance of public defenders fight back with. It gives us no small guilty clients doing prison time. Chilling stats, especially in light of pleasure winning those arguments for how often the news seems to report our clients winning for individuals. For every tabloid headline, there are another wrongly imprisoned prisoner s thousands of untold stories...conflicts release on DNA or related evidence. Without speculating on studies that unfold in countless ways and end up in lawyers hands. It s the skill of that say prison privatization further the hands holding the screwdriver that incentivizes the US s already record prison populations, it is evident to us determine any conflict s outcome.! Myers, Singer and Galiardo represents individuals. We take threats to individual rights and liberties very personally. Mike Chris Matt Singer Galiardo Myers 299 Broadway, NYC Motor Vehicle Accidents Police Misconduct Criminal Defense we ride...we represent NYPD s collection truck scoops up a lot of illegally parked motorcycles, including plateless ones like the pink putt-putt here. If you re trying to avoid license theft, bolt plates on with good hardware, don t take them with you if you re parked on the street! we have reached a desperation tipping point in the fair adjudication of criminal cases by court appointed counsel. Presumed innocent has no mean ing when the system deprives all but the well heeled of any rational description of a fair day in court. Winter Bike Tours? Spotted this bike with bama plates whose bottle-capper accessory made us wonder: a) 7up? Really? and b) what s it like to be behind him when he pops the lid off a cold one at 60mph? Ferguson, Missouri: Heartland USA Meets Police Militarization Regardless of how the shooting death by a Ferguson, MO police officer is adjudicated, the scenes of demonstrators being confronted by a police phalanx of armored vehicles and weaponry suitable to full on war on home soil isn t an image readily forgotten. Few can can justify local police departments wielding such fire power, less reconciling it with the motto Protect and Serve. A downtown Manhattan entrepreneur packages motorcycle tours (w/driver) all over the city and is undaunted by winter s arrival he s got the heated riding gear all figured out. The standard GoPro helmetcams allow his intrepid customers to show the Big Apple on ice to folks back in Sioux City or Munich...and are incidentally an accountability and liability value added benefit. Visit nycmotorcycletours.com to check out their off season offerings. Mar-Apr 2015 Myers Singer & Galiardo, LLP The Freedom Writer a 23
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