Transportation & Infrastructure Roundtable: Do you have a moment for a quick snapshot of a part of your future? I ask that because this week I was a part of a fascinating roundtable tied to my role on the Transportation Committee. Though this subcommittee is not in my wheelhouse tied to the debt, deficits, and government spending, it’s a fascinating subcommittee based on the way in which new technology is going to impact the way we move in ways that have never before been the case. Today’s transportation technology revolution is every bit as real as the advent of air travel or even the wheel in its day.
Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases Statement on Fatality Involving Self-Driving Car
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation released the following statement regarding the incident in Arizona where a woman was struck and killed by an Uber SUV that was in autonomous mode:
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation was disturbed and disheartened to hear the news of the tragedy in Arizona. It is incidents like these that must make regulators and policymakers ensure that before automated vehicles are ubiquitous on our nation’s highways, a strong federal law must contain protections for all roadway users including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Though we continue to remain optimistic that fully autonomous vehicles can help to reduce human errors that cause 94% of crashes, we continue to insist that the technology must be highly regulated and fully vetted with certifiable safety testing and evaluation.
About Motorcycle Riders Foundation The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.
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On July 1, 1967 South Carolina began enforcing a federal government coerced mandatory helmet law for any person “operating or riding upon a two-wheeled motorized vehicle” punishable with a fine of not more than $100 and/or not more than 30 days in jail. Although motorized bicycles and other similar vehicles met the definition of a “two-wheeled motorized vehicle” the law was enforced only against motorcycle operators and passengers.
After several years of petitioning “the Government for a redress of grievances” on June 16, 1980 the helmet law was amended by adding the words “under the age of twenty-one” thus recognizing the principle of adult responsibility. In South Carolina adult motorcycle operators and passengers are no longer threatened with arrest, incarceration, and/or fine when wearing or not wearing head gear they deem appropriate. Recognizing the principle of age of adult responsibility is not unprecedented and in fact well known in South Carolina. Recognized ages of responsibility include; Tobacco 18, Alcohol 21, South Carolina Governor 30, South Carolina Senate 25, South Carolina House 21, United States President 35, United States Senate 30, United States House 25, Law Enforcement 21, Military Service 18 (17 with parental permission), and many more examples too numerous to list.
It is the position of ABATE of South Carolina that the long held principle of adult responsibility must continue in all areas, including helmet laws, if we are to remain a free people, state, and nation.
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