ABATE of South Carolina is Biker Rights.

A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. is the motorcyclists' rights organization of South Carolina. Our members brought freedom of choice to South Carolina bikers in June of 1980; ABATE amended South Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law to allow adult freedom of choice. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Our philosophy is to defend liberty; while we do not oppose safety devices we oppose laws that mandate the usage of devices.

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Barnwell and Orangeburg Chapters meeting time/place update
Monday, 01 June 2015 14:11
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The Barnwell and Orangeburg chapters have merged for the time being and will be meeting at the Barnwell meeting times and location (which have changed). 

See the updated Chapters and Meetings page for details here.

2015 State Party Flier
Sunday, 17 May 2015 10:51
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Please come out Saturday, even if you are not going to camp. Maybe your chapter can just show up for a nice Saturday ride and spend the day with everyone. All proceeds go directly to ABATE of South Carolina. This is the one charity event that you can participate in to help out ABATE!

2015 State Party Flier

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State Party 2015
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:35
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It is going to be at Kakalaki farm again. June 12-14. Contact Boat Mike for detailshttp://abatesc.com/web/contact/36-contacts/35-mike-qboat-mikeq-williford

When we have details, we will post them on the abatesc.com website.

Arrangements for Father Time
Monday, 09 February 2015 19:47
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Father TimeThe arrangements for Butch"Father Time" Poplin are as follows 

Visitation on Wednesday February 11th from 6-8 at the Hatcher Funeral Home on the Aiken-Augusta Hwy. in Clearwater. 

Service is Thursday February 12 at 2:00 PM at Hatchers with a full motorcycle escort to the Poplin residence where he will be laid to rest and buried by his biker family.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Helping Hands of Aiken. This is Dixie Thunders Back to School and Toy Run charity.

Bikes are asked to meet at Hozes at 12 noon with the instructions of what the family will ask of us. There would like to ride to the service as a group. KSU @1:00 PM.

From the family and the Dixie Thunder family thank you for your calls, love and support!!

Boat Mike

R.I.P. Father Time
Monday, 09 February 2015 09:33
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Father TimePlease take a moment for our Fallen ABATE Brother Father Time's family, Brothers and Sisters in the wind. Last night while riding home he was killed on his motorcycle. He was a past ABATE of Barnwell County Chapter Coordinator, a great mentor but more importantly our brother. Please keep Sammie and our Dixie Thunder family in your prayers and everyone be ready to ride. We are just heart broken by this news.

Story from WJBF News Channel 6

Boat Mike says the funeral service will likely be on Thursday at 2 or 3, but the details are not finalized yet.

Every car driver needs to watch this - Look Twice, Save A Life
Friday, 12 December 2014 10:23
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VW ad - Movie Theater (keep your eyes on the road)
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:29
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Share this so more people will pay attention on the road.

ABATE of SC Press Release: Call for the Closing of Atlantic Bike fest?
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:49
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Immediate Release June 10, 2014


Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator

(803) 360-3573 [email protected]

Chad Fuller, Public Relations

(803) 920-2881 [email protected]


Press ReleaseABATE of South Carolina has been concerned about the recent shootings that happened during the 34th Annual Atlantic Beach Bike Festival that takes place during the Memorial Day weekend. We have always had a strong opposition to any violent acts that are committed and continue that stance. ABATE is also aware that these where NOT motorcyclists but young South Carolina adults that lived in other parts of the State. Although we do NOT understand what caused them to use violence to end whatever dispute they had we must continue to reiterate that these were NOT motorcyclists shooting each other.

ABATE member Violet “Heels” Lucas recently attended a public hearing and this is what she had to say:

“My Name is Violet “Heels” Lucas, I am a Resident of South Carolina, a Property Owner of South Carolina, a Motorcyclist of South Carolina and a Tourist of South Carolina, Mayor Rhodes on behalf of Motorcyclist we empathize with your concern for the safety of your residence, however you have to include the concern for the safety of your Tourists whom are Motorcyclists, Chairman Lazarus, on behalf of Motorcyclist we Thank You for the foresight to form a committee to work with Mayor Evans to NOT end bike fest, Mayor Hatley, in 2009, I attended and spoke at several of your City's meeting under the direction of Chief Bailey to save bike fest.”

“We can all agree that the Town of Atlantic Beach can NOT house 380,000 guests, but neither can the City of North Myrtle Beach, the City of Myrtle Beach or Horry County, collectively the Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination and Motorcyclists are Tourists who chose to come to the Grand Strand. Collectively each of you need to ensure NOT just the safety of your Residents but your Motorcycle Tourists as well.”

“The Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination, Your Tourists are also Motorcyclists, Your Tourists are invited guest, we would NOT invite guests to our homes without insuring that its cleaned, entertaining them and setting rules in which we wish for them to follow while they are in our homes.”

“We as Tourists, whom are Motorcyclists are essentially saying exactly what you all as elected officials are saying, however we're NOT saying them to each other. Mayor Rhodes, We as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists have a overwhelming concern about the incident that happened on the Boulevard, but they are NOT Tourists or Motorcyclist, those are "Drifters" who come in for the day and create havoc, and we as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists are saying they are NOT Us, they are NOT attached to us NOR affiliated with us, we too do NOT wish for their attendance at Bike fest.”

ABATE of South Carolina is a State Motorcyclists Rights Organization dedicated to defending the rights of all motorcyclists who choose to ride in the State of South Carolina. ABATE of South Carolina also encourages all motorcyclists to register to vote and become active within the political process. ABATE encourages motorcyclists to voluntarily obtain motorcycle rider training. Many members of ABATE are involved in a variety of charitable organizations and take great pride in being active members of their communities. Learn more about ABATE at www.abatesc.com


Additional RV Spots at the State Party
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:56
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The campground for the State Party has added 10 more RV slots.  These additional slots are primitive, no electric/water/septic connections.  If anyone is interested in these boondock RV sites, please call the campground and reserve them.


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South Carolina Motorcycle Statutes

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South Carolina has several statutes that directly relate to motorcyclists, including licensure, inspections, and use of public roads. If you feel that your rights have been violated call them at 1-800-321-8968 and speak with one of their attorneys who practice in South Carolina.

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ABATE does not advocate riding without a helmet; ABATE advocates that you have the right to decide. ABATE does not condone drinking and driving or riding. Contributions to ABATE of South Carolina, Inc., or any of its chapters are not tax deductible.