"Hello again everyone, I have spoken to the funeral home and Mac's funeral will be Friday 9/16/16 at 2:00. Anyone wanting to escort him on his last ride to his final destination should gather at the American Legion Post 174 at 810 Piney Woods rd. Irmo SC 29210 starting at about 11:00 or there about. We need to leave no later than 12:15 to arrive at the cemetery no later than 1:30 for the 2:00 ceremony. If anyone would like to speak in remembrance please let Tim Taylor know, he will be officiating."
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2016
Driverless Car Manufacturers Await Guidance from Agency, Motorcyclists Raise Concerns, Questions
WASHINGTON, DC – Over the last several months, we’ve seen more and more companies announce plans to pursue the creation and manufacture of self-driving cars. Tesla has already been successful, announcing their intention to have an autonomous vehicle ready by 2018 for consumer purchase. Google’s prototype currently has a fleet of 58 self-driving vehicles being tested on public streets in California, Washington, Texas and Arizona. GM, Daimler, Volvo, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Audi and BMW have also announced plans to pursue the technology. As with most new technologies, the federal government has to play catch-up to this evolving area as it relates to rules and regulations.
This was made apparent when last month, a Tesla Model S on auto-pilot caused a fatal crash in Florida. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation on the incident, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind indicated that the recent controversy around the crash would not deter the agency from embracing self-driving cars as part of the future of safety on the nation's roads. However, the question remains as to what criteria must be established to ensure that driverless cars are safe for consumers. The Department of Transportation (DoT) has indicated that this guidance is likely to be issued sometime this summer. DoT Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated that this will come in the form of federal government guidelines for self-driving vehicles. Critics concerned over the technology have reacted negatively to this announcement, stating that guidelines are only voluntary and that enforceable standards must be established.
For Immediate Release
August 11, 2016
MRF’s Jay Jackson Elected to Serve on Executive Committee for State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Association
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) announced the results of its recent elections. Notably, Jay Jackson, Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, was elected to serve on the SMSA Executive Committee as the Individual Members’ Representative.
The SMSA is an Association representing State Motorcycle Safety Administrators from across the country. The purpose of the group includes goals to influence national policy and standards affecting motorcyclists, provide guidance on state policies or standards, as well as allow for communication, collaboration and partnerships between Motorcycle Safety Administrators across the U.S. The SMSA’s recent elections resulted in a number of new appointees to the Executive Committee which leads the organization. Jay Jackson is one of those recently elected.
“The SMSA really can serve a valuable purpose,” stated Jackson who indicated his excitement about rider education programs. “The previous and incoming Executive Committees members are dynamic individuals and have the enthusiasm to make things happen,” he went on to say.
Michael “Mac” McNew, 68, of Prosperity, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at his residence. Born on July 18, 1948 in Twin Falls, Idaho, he was a son of the late Ralph and Catherine McNew. Mr. McNew was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp, serving two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion Post 174 and ABATE of South Carolina. Mac thoroughly enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a loving husband and friend. He is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Deborah Lapp McNew; sisters, Pat Gray of TN and Sally Cook of Olive Branch, MS; brother, David McNew of Lake Fork, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at a later date. The family will be at the residence, 4859 Mt. Pilgrim Church Road, Prosperity. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, C/O Jennifer Rogers, PO Box 1741, Greenwood, SC 29648. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.
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