National Helmet Law Proposed in Senate Hearing

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) issued a press release that alerted its members that during recent hearings conducted by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) repeatedly called for a national mandatory helmet law. The hearing, entitled “Opportunities to Improve Highway Safety,” focused on areas that need improvement when it comes to the landscape of highway injuries and fatalities.

In his opening statement, Lautenberg said that there should be a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for all riders in America. This is typical for the 86-year-old senator. He has routinely attempted to put a federal mandatory helmet law in place before. Lautenberg currently chairs or sits on every single senate committee that has jurisdiction over roads and road safety.

During this hearing, Lautenberg was not alone in his quest for an all-rider federal helmet law. As expected, the spokesperson for the Advocates for Highway Safety also voiced their opinion that a national helmet law is a good idea.

According to the release,  the focus of the hearing was not a national helmet law, or the helmet debate.  Most of the hearing centered on other issues such as impaired driving, distracted driving, and big trucks.

For more info on the MRF, see their website here

Concerned Bikers Protest Motorcycle Only Roadblocks

The Concerned Biker Association of North Carolina sent out a press release letter to its members and the press stating their objection to law enforcement’s use of “motorcycle only” roadblocks.   In the unsigned press release, CBA states, “During the late summer of 2009 there were two separate law enforcement license/vehicle checks in North Carolina that targeted only motorcycles.  Other vehicles were allowed through without being checked.  These checks were in Newport, NC and Jacksonville, NC.  Both of these are military towns.  We believe that these roadblocks are not legal and that they are discriminatory due to profiling based upon mode of transportation.  Contacts regarding this have been made to legislators, the law enforcement agencies involved, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and other governmental officials by our organization and others.  Law enforcement seems to think that these enforcement tactics are a great idea.  We do not.  We have started a fund to help combat these roadblocks in the future”

The group is asking North Carolina motorcyclists to inform them of any such roadblocks and to take pictures and video if possible.  For more info email ncroadblocks@gmail.com or visit www.cba-abatenc.org