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.
"When ABATE members pulled open the door on the motorcycle group’s storage shed in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, they realized more than $1,000 worth of donated toys, bikes, and dolls were gone. Stolen—sometime between September and now."
"North Myrtle Beach is one of three cities Harley-Davidson is looking at to host a five-day motorcycle event for the Harley Owners Group in May. That event would be in addition to the annual spring motorcycle rally and to the Memorial Day Bikefest in Atlantic Beach. Before the motorcycles start roaring and the tents start being set up, some changes in city vendor ordinances would need to happen."
ABATE of South Carolina sponsors a Motorcycle Awareness Rally in the month of May every year.
This is a 10 minitue cross section of our 2008 rally. This ride includes a police escorted ride to the South Carolina state house and every year we have special guests and speakers from all the groups of motorcyclist.
Is texting while driving dangerous? Yes, and this short video describes the problem and tragedies that have resulted from it. Texting while driving is as dangerous as driving with twice the legal limit of alcohol.
Today's Sun News has an article saying that the SC Supreme court is asking both sides on the helmet lawsuit to check their schedules for Feb. 3, 4, 16, 17 and 18, to schedule the court date. They are to respond by Dec. 10th. It is expected that the scheduled date will be known by the end of December.
As we begin a new year, I thought we'd re-visit the question some bikers are being asked consistently: Why do you ride without wearing a helmet?
I'm not going to try and tell you that not wearing a helmet while you ride offers the ultimate in safety. Wearing a helmet has its benefits. However, let's talk about some mostly unknown points, and bring them to light.
Last nights' coast to coast conference call on the topic "Biker Rights Updates" was terrific! We had great callers and covered a lot of ground. You can listen to the recording of it at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/66775
The next B.O.L.T. Liberty Call-In Hour will once again be a coast to coast conference call, open to the public, on the topic of:
This regional MRF biker rights conference will be hosted by ABATE of
SC and held in Greenville on April 9-11, 2010. The flier has
registration information and a MRF membership application. Don't miss
out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and share with our
biker brothers and sisters from the Eastern U.S. Click the image to view the flier.
Well, the holidays are just around the corner and there is a lot going on here in Horry county. I just received a letter from our lawyer Tom McGrath stating that he anticipates that we will be in court on the helmet ticket issue some time in January or February 2010. I will keep you posted on any updates pertaining to this matter.
Well, the elections are over, and we are going to be in deep do do. We have John Rhodes for another four years. I really donâ€™t know what happened. Every business owner, employee, resident, and biker in Myrtle Beach I have spoken to in the last year wanted Rhodes out, and yet he still won the election. Sounds fishy to me. The ethics commission has now started to look into the shady campaign contributions given to Rhodes and his cronies. Maybe that will help, but I doubt it.
ABATE of Southern Nevada held the first "Helmet Protest" in an effort to get the Nevada legislators and Governor to amend the current helmet law to allow adults over the age of 21 the right to ride with the protective headgear they choose or not choose to wear. Bikers from all over the United States participated in this ride...
Our friends at Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group have compiled a list of laws that apply to motorcyclists in South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
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.
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.