southwest chapter of abate of florida august 2014

The Only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the Tri-County area Legislative News MSAP Instructors Community service Lobby & Educate the Government & the General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image AUGUST 2014 Volume XXXIV, Issue II See page 21 for flyer August 9th

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The August 2014 Newsletter of the Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida


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The Only Motorcycle Rights Organization in the Tri-County area

Legislative News • MSAP Instructors • Community service

Lobby & Educate the Government & the General Public to Promote Motorcycling in a Safe & Positive Image

AUGUST 2014 Volume XXXIV, Issue II

See page 21 for flyer

August 9th

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ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter



Southwest Chapter

Name (Please Print Legibly): ________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________________________

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Please List your voting districts from your Voter Registration Card:

_________ FL House _________ FL Senate _________ US Congress District Name of Chapter you wish to join ___________________________________________________________ If you are a member of more than one chapter, please designate your home chapter ________________________

Select ONE of the following:

New/Renewal - Annual Membership Due $20.00

Lifetime Membership $ 150.00

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Change of Address: __________________________________________________________________ Signature _______________________________________________________ Date: __________________ Sponsored by Chapter Member : ____________________________________________________________ Memberships are open to anyone 18 years of age or older All members receive with their paid membership

a membership card, our bi-monthly Masterlink magazine, Chapter Newsletter, Chapter voting privileges and personal involvement in Statewide legislative actions and their freedom to ride



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Copy of By Laws _________________________ ABATE of Florida, Inc.

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We are a non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusi-asts from all walks of life. We lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcy-cling in a safe and positive image. We endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals that share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of FREEDOM. We promote mo-torcycle safety, training, & political awareness. We ARE NOT A CLUB OR A GANG. We fund our work through toy runs, poker runs, campouts, and other motorcycle activi-ties. We are your neighbors & friends who work, pay taxes, and get involved with our community. We serve and support our country and believe in freedom. We use all legal means to protect our rights without infringing on the rights of others.


To become a powerful and viable political force in legis-lative matters concerning the motorcyclist.

To promote the safe riding habits without infringing on individual freedoms.

To motivate the bikers to write letters to their legislators before, during, and after the legislative session.

To furnish our members with a newsletter to keep all bikers informed in regards to upcoming legislation.


The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of ABATE of Florida, Inc. and or the Southwest Chapter. This publication allows members to express their beliefs and opinions. ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter accept no responsibility for the comments, opinions or views contained in this newsletter.

Please direct correspondence in reference to this publication to:

Wayne Cerra (cell) 239-989-3349

Donations to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Tax Purposes. ABATE of Florida, Inc.

© 2010 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter • All Rights Re-served ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Southwest Chapter do not condone drinking while riding or driving




ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906

PRESENTLY, MEMBER MATERIAL DEADLINE IS THE 20th of the Month for Editorial and Board Approval

FOR SUBMISSIONS ______________




Southwest Chapter Meeting Schedule

This months Chapter Meeting

Will be held on


10 a.m. at

Harley Davidson of Fort Myers

Located at 2160 Colonial Dr.

Fort Myers, FL 33907







Harley Davidson of Fort Myers

Located at 2160 Colonial Dr.

Fort Myers, FL 33907 Next meeting Oct. 5th

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President Victor Piorkowski 239.823.6159 [email protected]

Vice President Richard Leon 239.728.7100 [email protected]

Secretary Laurie Hanley 239-898-5168 [email protected] Treasurer Gwynne Hickman 239.246.2025 [email protected]

Sergeant At Arms Shayne Harley [email protected] 239.560.2565

Membership Trustee Lynne Davis 239-770-5085 [email protected]

Public Relations Gwynne Hickman

239.246.2025 [email protected]

Legislative Representative

Ken “Teddybear” Miller 239.693.7035

[email protected]

Safety Director Frankie Kennedy

239.849.9065 [email protected]

State Delegate(s) Victor Piorkowski

Richard Leon

Webmaster Taylor Musburger

239.334.1620 [email protected]

Chapter Chaplain Tom Provenzano

239.267.8641 [email protected]

Road Captains Gerry Mangina

ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter

EXECUTIVE BOARD & TRUSTEES PO Box 60745, Fort Myers, FL 33906-6748

HELP SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MRO* Chapter Meetings held at Harley Davidson of Fort Myers


ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. ©2012 ABATE of Florida, Inc. Southwest Chapter • All Rights Reserved

Donation to ABATE of Florida, Inc. are not deductible for Federal Income Tax Purposes ABATE of Florida, Inc. and Southwest Chapter Does Not Condone Drinking and Driving or Riding

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STATE OFFICE: ABATE OF Florida, Inc. PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: same Email: [email protected] PRESIDENT: JAMES "DOC" REICHENBACH PO Box 712, Silver Springs, FL 34489-0712 Phone: (352) 625-6353 Fax: same Email: [email protected] VICE PRESIDENT: DENNIS "MUDDER" RUDOI PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (407) 925-4307 Fax: (407) 699-9748 Email: [email protected] SECRETARY: SHELLY JOHNSTON PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (904) 405-4700 Fax:(386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected] TREASURER: PATTI NASRALLAH PO Box 16309, Temple Terrace, FL 33687-6309 Phone: (813) 695-9203 Fax: (813) 626-2306 Email: [email protected] SGT-AT-ARMS: TJ PAINTER PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (352) 303-8299 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected] PR/COMMUNICATIONS: SARABETH KOHL PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (904) 591-4100 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected]

MASTERLINK EDITOR: C/O STATE OFFICE PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (386) 943-9610 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected] MEMBERSHIP: GRACE LORD PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (904) 504-6362 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected] SAFETY PROGRAM (MSAP) DIRECTOR: CHARLIE WENGER PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (954) 650-1420 FAX: (561) 333-6773 Email: [email protected] LEGISLATIVE TRUSTEE: DARRIN "SCRIBE" BROOKS PO Box 2520, Deland, FL 32721-2520 Phone: (239) 398-7145 Email: [email protected] PRODUCTS TRUSTEE: STEVE "CARETAKER" KNEE PO Box 4372, Milton, FL 32572-4372 Phone: (850)529-4446 Fax: (386) 943-9610 Email: [email protected] LEGAL COUNSEL: LARRY CROW 1247 S. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 Phone: (727) 945-1112 Fax: (727) 945-9224 Email: [email protected] WEBMASTER (appointed): Email:[email protected]

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941-743-8883 1252 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33953


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Hello Everyone, Needed volunteers for 5 star event. Security, Safety table, ticket booth. 2 hour shifts.

Please help out.

There is also a state board meeting from 12:00until 2:00pm and a dele-gate meeting beginning at 2:00pm, See the flyer on page 19. This months meeting is being held in Arcadia just down the road from the 5 star event (see page 16 for 5 Star flyer.) If you never been to a state meeting it will be good opportunity to see one. So come on and have some fun. Ride safe.

Victor Piorkowski President Southwest Chapter of ABATE of Florida , Inc.

239.823.6159 [email protected]


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Hello fellow chapter members. I would like to thank all of you for having con-fidence in me to be your Treasurer. We got off to a slow start, due to vacations and other

personal commitments, but we are back now and running full steam. Your new Ex-ecutive Board met in Clermont this month and we all learned a lot! So have faith in us and we will endeavor to serve you well; there are some big shoes to fill, but we are up to the task. Looking forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings, the rides thereafter, and the dinner/new member rides that will resume shortly.

Gwynne Hickman 239.246.2025

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Keith Baker

Darrell Barnett

Jerry Barnett

Denee Bartels

Scott Blink

Chet Butz

James Burkholder

Nora Burkholder

Don Campbell

Frances Cazes

Wayne Cerra

Jonathan Conant

Terry Covington

Audrey Cran

Maggie Cran

Rick Cran

Rob Cran

Robert “Cruz” Crusan

Jim Crystal

Dan Curry

Ginny D’Asti

Biffle Davis

Lynne Davis

Mary Dicenzo-Porter

Al Diagiaco

Frank Disomma

Cindy Doak

Randy Eck

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Brian Galvin

Sonny Gartrell

Steven Goldstein

Lynnda Gray

Larry Gullia

Bob Hall

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Misti Hollingsworth

Harry Hoover

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Susan “Red” Huttman

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Cindy “CJ” Jordan

Frankie Kennedy

John Kennedy

Ed LaCombe

Julio Lopez

Mary Ann Rivera-Lopez

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Jo Ann Miller

Kenneth Miller

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Terry Padilla

Bob Penn

Asuncsion Peppers

Richard Peppers

Victor Piorkowski

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Contact Membership Trustee

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The 800lb



a 4,000lb


In May, we observed Motorcycle Safety Aware-

ness Month.

Billboards and newspaper articles proclaimed that

“cagers” should be careful and aware of motorcy-

cles. The “reader boards” operated over our Inter-

state system tried to increase awareness. Our own

ABATE bumper stickers still proclaim the mes-


The average vehicle weight in the United States is

about 2 tons – 4,000 lbs. Our bike is about 800 lbs.

We’ve done the math! You would agree as bikers,

we need to be ready and we need to be vigilant!

With the amount of texting/cell phone usage, fum-

bling around with coffee cups, applications of mas-

cara, other distractions, etc… we continually ob-

serve, one wonders about how much affect the

awareness campaign is having.

A parallel could be drawn about the short time we

have (the 800 lb. motorcycle) vs. eternity (the

4,000 lbs. of car). We could meet that 4,000 lbs

of eternity without any warning! Are we pre-

pared? Are we aware? Are we vigilant?

“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh

and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor

does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Lis-

ten, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but

we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twin-

kling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trum-

pet will sound, the dead will be raised imperish-

able, and we will be changed. For the perishable

must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the

mortal with immortality. When the perishable has

been clothed with the imperishable, and the mor-

tal with immortality, then the saying that is writ-

ten will come true: “Death has been swallowed up

in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:50-54, NIV)

“… scoffers will come in the last days, walking

according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where

is the promise of His coming? For since the fa-

thers fell asleep, all things continue as they were

from the beginning of creation. ... But, beloved,

do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord

one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand

years as one day. The Lord is not slack concern-

ing His promise, as some count slackness, but is

longsuffering toward us, not willing that any

should perish but that all should come to repen-

tance.” (2 Pet. 3:3-4, 8-9, NKJV). “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know

on what day your Lord will come. But understand

this: If the owner of the house had known at what

time of night the thief was coming, he would have

kept watch and would not have let his house be

broken into. So you also must be ready, because

the Son of Man will come at an hour when you

do not expect him.” (Matt. 24:42, NIV)

Are YOU ready? Please pray this, with your whole heart, “Dear God, my heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner and have been separated from You. I ask forgiveness of my sins. I repent and accept this gift of repentance and I wish to be free in you. I confess with my mouth that your son Jesus is my Savior and died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. I re-ceive Jesus into my heart and ask Him to become the center of my life. I ask, in the Name of Jesus. Amen." If you have prayed this and/or wish to talk, call us at 239-267-8641 Blessings,

Pastor Tom (SW ABATE Chaplain and Estero

River ABATE Life Member) and Pastor Kathy

(SW ABATE Life Member) Foursquare Chaplains

- 239-267-8641 or email: [email protected]


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Membership Report Lynne Davis Membership Trustee

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Brad Texter Linda Schiengner

Due to Renew

JULY Mike Desfosses Noah Dahl Jules Verbeeck Scott Macphee

AUGUST Jeff Dixon Steve Jones Karen Walters Doug Thackrey

SEPTEMBER Debra Reny Joseph Minnella Debbie Deming

Renewals expire the last day of your month. Membership appli-cations can be picked up at lo-cal motorcycle shops through-out Lee County and many offer discounts to ABATE Members (just show your card) and at our Tuesday Bike Night at The Joint in Cape Harbor from 6p-9p

Membership Is $20.00 per year or a life membership for $150.00. Membership includes a $4,000.00 accidental death or dismemberment policy, local discount with participating busi-nesses and a VOICE to be counted as a member of a Mo-torcycle Rights Organization

(MRO) to make roads safer and drivers accountable for their ac-tions.

Membership Application Found on Page 2.

Memberships are open to

anyone 18 years of age or older

All members receive with their

paid membership a membership

card, our bi-monthly Masterlink

magazine, Chapter Newsletter,

Chapter voting privileges and

personal involvement in Statewide

legislative actions and their

freedom to ride

Our Caring Circle

Please keep in your

thoughts & prayers the

following members and

their loved ones.

"All our Brothers and Sisters who

brave the road each day".

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AUGUST 2014 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2



THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm




10 11 12 BIKE NIGHT

THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm


14 15 16

17 18 19 BIKE NIGHT

THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm

20 Chapter Board Meeting

21 22 23

24 25 26 BIKE NIGHT

THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm


28 29 30


Arcadia Women’s Club



Peace River Campgrounds 2998 NW Highway 70, Arcadia, Florida


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SEPTEMBER 2014 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


THE JOINT Cape Harbor

3 4 5



THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm


11 12 13



THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm

16 Chapter Board Meeting

17 18 19

20 21 22 BIKE NIGHT

THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm

23 24 25 26

27 28 29 BIKE NIGHT

THE JOINT Cape Harbor

6-10 pm

30 31

See page 21 for flyer

August 9th

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There was not a meeting in the month of July Our next meeting is Sunday, August 3rd. See you there. ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. SOUTHWEST CHAPTER GENERAL MEETING @ HARLEY DAVIDSON, JUNE 1, 2014 CALLED TO ORDER AT: _____10:10am________ ANYONE ELSE BESIDES THE Sec. taking notes? No






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2nd, SAT &3rd SUN – Rowdy and the

Road Kings Rowdy Rodney’s dyna-

mite, can make you forget your trou-

bles and remember the best days of

Classic Rock 2-6pm

9th, SAT – The John Allender

Band classic rock, blues, and a back

yard party John and the band rock it

out biker style! 2-6pm

10th SUN - Mike Imbasciani and

Blues Rockers Mike is a 17 yo prod-

igy on the guitar. Hurry and get out to

see him ‘fore he’s famous and on the

road ! 2-6pm

16th, SAT - SOLAR FLARE These

guys light u the satge with some hot rock-

n roll and make you wanna get up and

dance! 2-6pm

17th, SUN – Ellie Lee & Blues

Fury returns for some of the greatest

smokin’ hot blues in So. Florida!

Don’t miss this show, everyone will be

talking about 2-6pm

19th, TUESDAY EVENING Psy-chic Event Dinner. Have you had a reading? Are you intrigued with the unknown. We are host-ing a dinner with reservations and it promises to be a great time. Son’t miss it! Go to our website and get reservations NOW! 23rd SAT – Rowdy and the Road Kings Rowdy is back! If you love some smokin’ hot gutar work and vo-cals come party with the Road Kings. 2-6pm 24th, SUN - 2-6pm DAWN and REVAMPED If you haven’t heard Dawn lighting up the stage with her new Singer KAT you’ve really missed something special – Blues, Janis, Funky Rock – they do it all 30th, SAT - 2- 6pm Last CHANCE to Party with Rowdy and the Road Kings this month. Come en-joy the Yard, music & Friends. 31st, SUN - 2-6pm MYSTERY BAND Have we ever failed ya yet? Don’t miss this smoking hot day!


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Good Morning Freedom Fighters:

Independence Day 2014

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are cre-ated equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with cer-tain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The governed who do lift up their "yea" and "nay" do so amidst the silence of too many. Let's take the time to reflect upon the men, women, and yes, children, who fought & died as the 13 colonies wrested their independence - their very freedom - from the British Empire.

Many lawmakers have said that they agree; bikers could well be the last bastion of America's freedom fighters. Within our nation's biker population, less than 2% are within the ranks of freedom fighting organizations that focus on what affects us as riders. Oftentimes it is that 2% who fight against laws or regulations that, while a motorcyclist issue on the surface, could open yet another door to impinge upon freedoms in general.Today we honor those who truly gave their all. In fields seen from the front porches of their homes, in woods with their children also armed, or across miles and miles - away from loved ones, food, warmth, & and safety. It was horrifyingly real and it happened here, not really all that long ago.If you go to our nation's Capitol, you will see a female statue gracing the top of the dome. That is Lady Freedom. She stands facing east, to signify thanks for another day, and to ensure that the sun never sets on freedom.Please join ABATE of Florida, Inc. and the Motorcycle Riders Foun-dation today. Renew today. Give a membership as a gift, today. Bring that 2% up to a number worthy of those who died to defeat the rule of the British Empire. Help us stand against the loss of the freedoms so hard won. There is no "They" to take care of it. There is only you, and us.

With you in Freedom,


On July 3rd, the day before our nation celebrated our Independence Day, the Tampa Bay Times published an edi-torial entitled, “Legislature should require helmets for motor-cyclists.” Darrin “Scribe” Brooks immediately sent out a statewide alert saying… “I just want you to know that they are coming at us this year. Educate your Chapter members that the people who want to take away our rights are already gathering for this fight.

This next legislative session may not just be about getting our safety money back. It may very well be a hard fight to keep our rights from being taken away. If they take away our right to choose a helmet, how hard will it be to pro-hibit “loud pipes”, and raising our insurance costs?

ABATE of Florida, Inc. will respond to this editorial. I doubt that they will print it, but we will respond. I will also share with you how you can educate your members to re-spond correctly with facts and not just antidotal claims that the other side freely uses.”

At the leadership seminars last month, this was a big topic of discussion and what we can do about it, or more importantly, what we can do about it as members of ABATE of Florida, Inc.

One of the biggest things that you can do is to re-main vigilant. If you see any articles, letters to the editor, editorials or news casts that are negative to motorcyclists or call for mandatory helmet laws, we need you to report them to either myself, Darrin Brooks or to our new Chapter Presi-dent, Victor.

ABATE of Florida’s response was developed by Darrin Brooks and John Banta, the Legislative Trustee of Daytona Beach Chapter. I’ve followed John’s work for years. His positions are always well thought out and thoroughly researched. You can take his facts and figures to the bank.

I will include a copy of the editorial and ABATE of Florida’s response in this report. I will also bring copies of them to our next chapter meeting and hand them out.

TEDDYBEAR’S EDITORIAL: There is an old adage that says, “That if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth.” In the case of Mandatory Helmet Laws, this is exactly what has happened.

The American public has been told that Mandatory Helmet Laws will save lives. They have been told this since the 1960s when the Highway Safety Act of 1966 was forced on the states by Congress.

It has never been a secret that the Federal Depart-ment of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s official policy has always been that mandatory helmet laws are the silver bullet of motorcycle safety, and over the past five decades, this policy has never changed and has been perpetrated on the American public ever since.

Under these Federal Mandates, motorcycle fatalities increased by about 3% per year nationwide. This was the national average as was reported by the American Motorcy-cle Association, who was tracking it state-by-state at the time.

In Florida, motorcycle fatalities increased by about 2.75% per year, slightly under the national average. In Flor-ida, this trend continued up until the late 1980s when ABATE of Florida, Inc. stepped up to the plate. The rest is history.

If history is any teacher, Mandatory Helmet Laws don’t work. They never have and they never will, and never, ever legislated at federal levels.

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Tampa Bay Times: July 3, 2014

Editorial: Legislature should require helmets for motor-cyclists

It was clear when the Florida Legislature repealed mandatory motorcycle helmet laws that the decision would lead to more deaths and injuries. Now history shows that opponents of repeal were right. Fourteen years after relaxing its helmet laws, Florida has become a poster child for pro-helmet campaigns around the country. Motorcycle deaths have jumped dramatically from an average of 160 per year before the law was repealed to 457 in 2012 alone. Those numbers rank Florida among the top states for motorcycle fatalities and paint a grim picture of the cost of riding without a helmet. As Floridians enjoy the holiday weekend, drivers should par-ticularly watch for motorcyclists – and motorcyclists should wear their helmets. Motorcycle activists campaigned against requiring helmets for years. Most states had mandatory helmet laws by the mid 1960s, when Congress threatened to pull federal highway money if they didn’t comply.

When Congress changed its position, helmet laws began disappearing. Today, only 19 states have mandatory helmet laws, and fierce battles are under way in many states to roll back those provisions. The debate heated up in Florida in 2000. Supporters of repealing helmet laws argued that helmets gave a rider a false sense of security and endangered them because the blocked riders’ sight lines and prevented them from hearing ambient noise, which made them less alert in traffic. Opponents of the repeal spoke of loved ones who died in motorcycle accidents while riding bareheaded. Oth-ers recalled suffering from debilitating injuries because they not wear helmets or talked of walking away from accidents because helmets protected their skulls. The Legislature repealed Florida’s mandatory hel-met law in 2000, allowing anyone over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet as long as they carry at least $10,000 in personal injury insurance coverage. Since then – except for a short period when the state required mandatory motorcycle training – there has been a steady increase in the number of injuries and fatalities among motorcycle riders.

Ridership has gone up, including among older riders who increasingly are involved in fatal accidents.

The vast majority of fatalities in motorcycle acci-dents occur among riders who do not wear helmets. Already pro-helmet campaign leaders in Louisiana, Nebraska, Ten-nessee and Vermont have used Florida to dissuade voters from repealing helmet laws.

In this age of distracted automobile drivers, wearing a helmet when operating a motorcycle seems like common sense. It shouldn’t take a law to enforce safety, but unfortu-nately it often foes. Like seatbelts in cars, helmets save lives.

Activists wary of losing the freedom to ride without a helmet should weigh that right against the costs of death or injury to the families who have lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents and to taxpayers who often pay when crashes re-sult in visits to emergency rooms. The deadly results from repealing the helmet law are clear, and the Legislature should revisit the issue.

From ABATE of Florida, Inc. 2014

Darrin “Scribe” Brooks & John Banta

Media misuse of motorcycle crash stats

It seems to be very popular the past few days to point fingers at motorcyclists and shout “If only they were forced to wear a helmet thousands of lives and billions of dollars would be saved each year.” Bolstered by a study here and a newspaper column there, many of the “I know what’s best for you” crowd will try to rally others into forcing a small minority of our society into losing what precious bit of personal freedom we currently possess.

The eye of the recent motorcycle helmet hurricane revolves around a national study that the CDC published. This report by the CDC is a tad bit misleading. While helmets do give a slight advantage of surviving head injuries, motor-cyclists want to make their own decision on when to wear a helmet. And statistics support that choice.

In the 2009 NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts – Motorcy-cles, of the six states (FL, CA, TX, PA, Ohio, and NY) with the highest motorcyclist’s fatalities only two require all riders to wear helmets. However, of the six states with the lowest motorcyclist fatalities, only two require all motorcyclist to wear helmets. The actual CDC report stated “Percentages were suppressed for states with fewer that 10 fatalities in-volving motorcyclists who were not wearing helmets.” Using that low fatality criterion, only one state required universal helmet use. A better figure would be the fatality per motorcy-cle registrations. In 2002, of the six states with the lowest ratios, only Vermont required all riders to wear helmets. Us-ing that ration as an indicator, for over a decade, the majority of states, with the lowest fatality ratios, allowed the rider to decide when to wear a helmet.

I offer these reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). The DHSMV gathers all traffic related crash numbers and puts out a re-port each year. So using the CDC’s same time frame, the DHSMV shows that motorcycle deaths in Florida actually decreased from 532 in 2008 to 383 in 2010 (2009 had 402 deaths) about 28% decrease in deaths. But contrary to the CDC and NHTSA reports of the deaths each year, more people died wearing a safety helmet. These numbers are taken directly from the DHSMV yearly Traffic Crash Statistics Report which can be readily found at:

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Year Total Deaths with helmet without helmet use not stated

2008 532 292 188 52

2009 402 214 148 40

2010 383 196 141 46

2011 451 198 239 14

2012*** 457 218 231 8

*** The following paragraph is taken directly from the DHSMV web page regarding the 2012 statistics.

Please Note: Effective 7/1/2012, Florida Statute 316.066 was amended to require all law enforcement agencies to report additional crash data to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

While the 2012 crash data may appear to reflect an in-crease in crashes, the statutory change resulted in more crash reports being received for inclusion in this publi-cation. These changes have resulted in an increase in the number of reported crashes, vehicles involved and persons involved and should not be taken as an indica-tor of a significant increase in crashes statewide com-pared to previous years.

The fatalities per accident ratios have been very close, with some years favoring those who do not wear helmets. For 2010 the ratios were 4.0% for those wearing helmets and 4.5% for those who were not wearing helmets. If that helmet was as effective as non-riders believe, those ratios should be very different.

The CDC article is also misleading when it states that the economic cost of the deaths and injuries are passed on to the public. Currently on the NHTSA website is a Costs of Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Crashes a synopsis of other studies of medical costs between helmeted and non-helmeted motorcycle accident victims. Of eleven studies, the difference range from almost the same to triple. The 1996 CODES Benefits of Safety Belts and Motorcycle Helmets actually had a chart between helmeted and non-helmeted motorcycle accident victims, with or without brain injuries, and the non-helmeted group had lower medical costs. The CDC report includes projections of what would be saved both with medically and work loss productivity if motorcycle accident victim was wearing a helmet. The costs are based on unpublished (non-verifiable) NHTSA data.

The report leads you to believe that every motorcyclists is uninsured. However, a report titled Motorcycle Crash Trends in Florida presented in 2010 by the Center for Ur-ban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF, shows that 91% of the 2009 Hospitalizations in Florida for Nonfatal Inju-ries Sustained in Motorcycle Traffic Crashes had a payer source.

Some reports tout that the yearly economic impact of motor-cycle crashes is $385 million. Compare it to the total annual economic cost of alcohol and drug use is $43,766,641,733

(with a B as in BILLION). That stat is from the Annual Eco-nomic Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use in Florida report dated July 20, 2009. In comparison, the economic impact of motorcycle medical cost is 0.88% of total annual cost of al-cohol and drug economic cost.

ABATE of Florida, Inc. is not against wearing helmets, we are for safety awareness, education of everyone on the road, and the individual’s right to choose. For more information about ABATE of Florida, Inc. please visit our website:

From the Motorcycle Riders Foundation,

Washington, D.C.

Fact or Fiction?

There is a safety community in Washington D.C. that is trying to destroy motorcycling as we know it with lies and half truths.

This group is a quasi mixture of government and pri-vate safety driven organizations including The Center for Auto Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Governors Highway Safety Association to name a few.

All of these groups work to influence the government to enact stricter and stricter safety standards and laws. They all do this slightly differently from each other but they do have one common core; they hate motorcycles. If they thought it was remotely possible for one minute that they could eliminate all forms of power driven two wheelers from the traffic landscape, they would try. They try to alarm the general public with misinformation or partial information. They claim that motorcyclist fatalities have been on the rise since 2005 and that is true.

Some years see a dip but for the most part motorcy-clist fatalities have risen. There was an increase of 36 more fatalities between from 2005 to 2011, 4,576 to 4,612 respec-tively. However, bike sales and registration numbers are up and that tells a very different story. One that they don't want you to hear.

A closer look at the numbers reveals the bulk of the story. They tell us that motorcyclists fatalities are on the rise but they never mention the number of motorcycles on the road, which is also increasing. When we look at the num-bers, they show the exact opposite of what the media, the government and the safety-crats are telling us. In fact, mo-torcycle fatalities are occurring on a much less frequent ba-sis year after year.

Since 2005, fatalities have dropped from 73.5 motor-cyclists per one hundred thousand registered motorcycles to 54.7. That is an almost 30% drop in fatalities in the exact same time period in which the fear mongers tell you fatalities are a growing problem.

All of the numbers used here are directly from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) web-site. Separating fact from fiction reveals the truth. Over six

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x years 2.2 million motorcycles were added to the roads and we essentially kept the number of fatalities at a near static number. This is not exactly the end of the world, deathtrap-riding scenario that the powers that be would have you be-lieve.

All this considering that the only difference is the Mo-torcycle Riders Foundation created a federal grant program to send money to the states to assist with rider education and share the road type campaigns. We have also relaxed mandatory helmet laws which goes directly against what they would have you believe.

Year: 2005

Registrations: 6,227,146

Fatalities: 4,576

Fatalities per 100,000 registered: 73.48

Year: 2006

Registrations: 6,678,958

Fatalities: 4,837

Fatalities per 100,000 registered: 72.43

Year: 2007

Registrations: 7,138,476

Fatalities: 5,174

Fatalities per 100,000 registrations: 72.48

Year: 2008

Registrations: 7,706,464

Fatalities: 5,312

Fatalities per 100,000 registrations: 68.39

Year: 2009

Registrations: 7,883,446

Fatalities: 4,469

Fatalities per 100,000 registrations: 56.69

Year: 2010

Registrations: 8,212,267

Fatalities: 4,518

Fatalities per 100,000 registrations: 55.01

Year: 2011

Registrations: 8,437,502

Fatalities: 4,612

Fatalities per 100,000 registrations: 54.66

During the August congressional recess remind your elected officials that since 2005, we have had states repeal helmet laws and have watched fatalities drop. The only sig-nificant change to the motorcycle safety world other than more motorcycles, is the National Highway Traffic Admini-strations motorcycle safety grant program. The same pro-gram that was supported by the Motorcycle Riders Founda-tion.

This fund has dispensed money to every state and is used for motorcycle rider education and share the road cam-paigns. In order to continue the fund we need Congress to pass another transportation bill.

Please take advantage of the upcoming congressional recess by contacting your member of congress, attending events and town hall type meetings. Urge them to get to work on the highway bill.

ABATE of Florida’s response also includes an addi-tional four pages. Due to space restrictions they will not be included here. However, I will make copies of them and hand them out at our next chapter meeting, and copies will be emailed to all members.

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