See Us; Save Us Ride Planned

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

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Are We Heading to A Mandatory National Helmet Law?

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The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told a congressional panel on Sept. 28 that he wants to work with Congress to promote helmet use among motorcyclists across the United States.

Addressing the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said that to reduce motorcycling fatalities “the most important step we could take would be to assure that all riders wear a DOT-compliant helmet, which are 37 percent effective in reducing fatalities.

“We estimate that helmets prevented over 1,800 fatalities in 2008, and that more than 800 additional fatalities could have been avoided if all riders wore helmets,” he said. “NHTSA will actively work with Congress to promote helmet use.”

Strickland’s comments were part of his overall testimony regarding how safety provisions in the transportation reauthorization bill (SAFETEA-LU) played a role in reducing highway fatalities.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is concerned that Strickland may be recommending that Congress try to pressure states into passing mandatory helmet-use laws. In the past, Congress tried to force states to approve such laws by withholding federal transportation and safety dollars to states without mandatory helmet laws.

The AMA supports states’ rights to determine their helmet policies free from the threat of federal sanctions. Congress affirmed this right as recently as 1995 in the National Highway System Act, when lawmakers removed federal penalties placed on states that didn’t have mandatory helmet laws.

“The AMA believes that the best way for the NHTSA to reduce motorcycle crashes is through programs such as rider education and increasing motorcycle awareness among vehicle drivers,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “These programs would help reduce the likelihood that a crash will happen in the first place.”

In addition, said Moreland, motorcyclists would be much better served by applying any funding that may go toward requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets to the national motorcycle crash causation study that is currently under way at Oklahoma State University.

This is a sentiment supported by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and many of his congressional colleagues through recently introduced H. Res. 1498: Supporting Efforts to Retain the Ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Ability to Lobby State Legislators Using Federal Tax Dollars and Urging the NHTSA to Focus on Crash Prevention and Rider Education and Training.

To urge your U.S. representative to support H. Res. 1498, and to ask your U.S. Senators to prevent the NHTSA from focusing on federal helmet-mandate legislation and, instead, employ proven strategies to reduce motorcycle crashes from occurring in the first place, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights >  Issues & Legislation, then enter your zip code in the “Find your Officials” box.