Be sure to congratulate Ralph, Chad and Reb for the recognition of their hard work for you, the members of ABATE of SC and other motorcyclists in South Carolina!
The South Carolina Biker Hall Of Fame Class of 2017 Inducted on Saturday February 25, 2017. Reb Richardson - Ridgeway SC, Chad Fuller - Gilbert, SC, Leeanne Keeney - Myrtle Beach SC, JC Childers - Myrtle Beach, SC and Ralph Bell Jr. - Columbia, SC.
"On behalf of the South Carolina Biker Hall of Fame, Congratulations on your up-coming 2017 Induction into the South Carolina Biker Hall of Fame. Your hard work in helping Bikers and preserving the Biker Lifestyle is most gratefully appreciated. The SCBHOF was formed in 2014 and is dedicated to honoring the Men and Women in the great State of South Carolina who have dedicated much of their lives to Riding Motorcycles, have made a long term positive impact on the South Carolina Biker Community, and lived the Biker Lifestyle."
From the ABATE of SC Press Release on February 10, 2017:
We are pleased to announce that three members of ABATE of South Carolina are being inducted into the South Carolina Biker Hall of Fame at 8:00 p.m. on February 25, 2017 at Suck Bang Blow located at 3393 Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The South Carolina Biker Hall of Fame was created in 2014 and is dedicated to the Men and Women in the great state of South Carolina who have dedicated much of their lives to riding motorcycles, have made a long term positive impact on the South Carolina biker community and have lived the biker lifestyle.
Chad Fuller who heads the South Carolina office of the Tom McGrath Law Firm also currently serves as the ABATE Public relations officer. Chad has not only been a legal asset during his many years as a member but was the driving force behind the passage of the “Equal Access” law that was passed. This law not only allows motorcycles to park in all public funded parking garages but also made it illegal for the South Carolina Department of Transportation to discriminate against motorcycles in any of their street and highway designs. This bill was signed into law by Governor Haley in 2014.
Reb Richardson has been a long time member of the Sumter chapter and although he has never held a state office he has been a driving force behind the scenes. After being stuck at a red light because the sensor did not pick up his motorcycle, he worked with members of ABATE to get the Red Light Bill passed. This bill allows motorcycles to turn left on a red light after two minutes. This bill was signed into law by Governor Sanford in 2008.
Ralph Bell has held many positions in ABATE and is currently the State Coordinator. He has always said any accomplishments that he has made has been done with the help and on behalf of the thousands of members of ABATE. His position as State Coordinator has allowed him to be part of one of the largest motorcycle rights organizations in the United States. One of his biggest accomplishments was to be a plaintiff and be part of the overturning of the Myrtle Beach helmet ordinance. Something that without the help of hundreds of bikers and Tom McGrath motorcycle law firm our state would not have been able to accomplish.
This is an honor to have our members recognized. This is not the first nor the last as our organization has been fortunate to have many leaders in the fight for motorcycle rights since its inception by our founder Jesse McDugald back in the late 1970’s.
Immediate Release: Senate Bill S 456 passes Senate Full Committee on March 2, 2017
ABATE of South Carolina is pleased to announce that Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee Senator Grooms has introduced Senate bill S 456 which has two separate changes to current South Carolina Law.
The DMV has been working on a way to stop the reissuing of motorcycle permits and get all motorcyclists to ride with a class M endorsement. Although the DMV could just refuse to continue to reissue a permit if they felt a person does not show the aptitude to operate a motorcycle, we felt that there should be a compromise. After working with the DMV and looking at what other states have done the idea came up with allowing three attempts and if the person still cannot complete the skills test, then the person with a motorcycle permit would have to take a motorcycle safety class. The motorcycle safety classes in South Carolina currently allow a person to get a class M license with a successful completion of the class.
Currently there are 196,181 class M operators and 21,697 class M permits over the age of seventeen with a comparison of 3,121,603 class D operators and 18,574 class D permittee’s over the age of seventeen.
A Message from MRF President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard – CALL TO ACTION
As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, apparel, or because they are simply riding a motorcycle, the MRF decided to take action.
Working with its partners within the Anti-Profiling Action Group, the MRF developed a strategy at the national level to help combat profiling, an issue that affects ALL riders and is unfortunately increasing. We know this to be true because of a survey put forth by the Motorcycle Profiling Project. In 2015, the survey found over 50% of riders across the U.S. reported being unjustifiably stopped by police at least once while riding their motorcycles. With a participation level of over 5,000 motorcyclists nation-wide, these facts and figures will help support and solidify our concerns over this issue when addressing lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
This year, the Motorcycle Profiling Project has launched another survey designed to reach an even broader audience. Like the previous survey, its results will be used as critical tools in the efforts to obtain legislative relief across the country.
I am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. It’s completely anonymous and it’s only 15 questions. YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue.
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.