ATTENTION! A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia PRESS RELEASE!
Press Release for Immediate Distribution
March 4th, 2011
A.B.A.T.E of Georgia
American Bikers Active Toward Education
Daniel Forrest, State Director
A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia in response to The Press Release dated March 3, 2011 from the Georgia Dept of Public Safety [GDPS]Joins Forces with The American Motorcycle Association [AMA[, US Representative Jim Sensenbrenner [R-WI], US Representatives Tom Petri [R-WI] Paul Ryan [R-WI] in denouncing the Motorcycle ONLY Safety checkpoints as being Discriminatory and a complete waste of Taxpayers Money.
A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia has work diligently to STOP these checkpoints with calls e mails and letters to no avail. Letters from the AMA to both Governors Perdue and Deal requesting that they suspend the implementation of these stops have gone unanswered.
Data in the GDPS Statement concerning a decrease in highway fatalities involving motorcycles due to their public education project in 2009 is encouraging as this supports the position that A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia has in promoting, that education for the general motoring public in schools, churches and civic clubs will reduce deaths among our riders. Awareness programs, that let the general motorist focus on the vulnerability of motorcyclist, is the number one way to reduce accidents and deaths.
A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia and the American Motorcycle Association both feel that the primary source of motorcycle safety is in motorcycle crash prevention not the arbitrary pulling over of riders and subjecting them to road side inspections. The NHTSA and GDPS should focus on decreasing the likelihood of crashes occurring through better education of the motoring public and awareness programs that last more than a day or two during Motorcycle Safety Month.
Deaths from all vehicle accidents in Georgia were down from 1114 to 984 during 8-10-2008 through 8-10-2009 per a report that can be found on the GOHS website. This is consistent with the decrease in Motorcycle Fatalities as well.
Statistics vary but most recently the numbers show that approx 38% of all Motorcycle accidents result from an automobile making a turn in front of a motorcycle, not from a safety violation by the motorcyclist.
When asked what the percentage of single motorcycle accidents [no other vehicle involved] were caused due to unsafe equipment, the spokesman from the Governors Office of Highway Safety said that no statistics are available. If Motorcycle Safety Checks are to help reduce Accidents and Fatalities then no reliable data can support that claim.
A.B.A.T.E. of Georgia concurs with a congressional letter from Sensenbrenner dated September 30.2010 to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging that they stop the Motorcycle Only Stops as the previous ones in New York State could not provide any data indicating that they would or have reduce crashes. The State of Georgia was the ONLY State to receive funds.
Discrimination against motorcyclist by the Georgia Department of Public Safety has to cease. Being singled out due to what we drive is a misuse of power and should not be tolerated. The use of government funds to finance such a program of bias should be condemned by every citizen in this Great State of Georgia.
Motorcycle riders have long been known for their large and generous nature in raising money for those in need with out regard to their social status or whether or not they ride a motorcycle. I asked a spokes person at GOHS to please tell me that this is not just another form of Fund Raising using Motorcyclist. He replied that that raising funds through this program was just a myth. IF that is the case then NO citations should be issued or the myth will be a truth.
The GDOP states that one minute should be all that it takes for these checks to take place. Imagine if you will that the rider needs to stop his motorcycle, dismount, locate in his or pockets or pouches the necessary documents. This may include the removal of Chaps, gloves, helmet and other safety gear.
Then the entire process must be repeated for the rider to get underway. I ride and I can promise you this is a 5 to 10 minute ordeal per motorcycle. This does not even take in consideration that these stops are done in conjunction with high traffic motorcycle events to maximize the number of riders detained.
With the high volume of traffic the waiting time combined with the display of paper work can take 20 minutes or more. A violation of even Georgia’s roadblock parameters
Citizens of Georgia join with us to put an end to Discrimination, Harassment and the denial of our 4th amendment rights. Call, write or e-mail the Governors Office and request that motorcycle riders not be treated as second class citizens. Stop the check points.
We have been there for you now please be there for us.