• ABATE Helmet Law Support Rally, Sunday Oct 2, Columbia
    ABATE Helmet Law Support Rally, Sunday Oct 2, Columbia
  • Immediate Release April 19, 2016
    Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator (803) 360-3573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Chad Fuller, Public Relations
    (803) 920-2881 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    ABATE of South Carolina is aware of the deceptive billboards recently erected by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The billboards state that in 2015 one hundred and thirty six (136) motorcyclists died on South Carolina roads and that seventy six percent (76%) were not wearing a helmet. Clearly the South Carolina Department of Public Safety cherry picked these statistics to imply a correlation where none exists.

    ABATE of South Carolina is disappointed that the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has elected to use thousands of taxpayer dollars on this misleading and deceptive campaign. These billboards are also insensitive to the friends and family members of the one hundred and thirty six (136) motorcyclists lost in 2015.

    ABATE of South Carolina will work to have future taxpayer dollars spent in a more beneficial and meaningful campaign that will promote motorcycle awareness and education.

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  • FOX Carolina 21 interview with Bob Baxter, Upstate Area Coordinator for ABATE of South Carolina, following comments made by coach Dabo Swinney of the the Clemson Tigers, after one of his players had a moped accident.

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    September 16, 2016

    Vince Consiglio (248) 672-0957
    Jim Rhoades (734) 578-6144

    Lawmaker killed by motorist, “right of way violation.”

    Facts Instead of Fiction on Michigan’s Helmet Law Modification

    In recent months many advocates of mandatory helmet laws have attacked Michigan’s ADULT CHOICE motorcycle helmet law passed in 2012. In these “reports” the claim is that 40% of riders who died in fatal crashes were un-helmeted which means 60% of riders were wearing helmets. More riders died wearing a helmet than without.

    The real problems are UNENDORSED MOTORCYCLE RIDERS and car drivers violating a motorcyclist’s right of way, by making a left turn in front of the rider.

    Every year since 1989 (a total of 27 years) when Michigan started keeping track of this data, 40% OR MORE of the motorcycle riders did not have a motorcycle endorsement and, were thus, riding illegally. In 2013 and 2015 that number reached 57% or nearly 3 out of 5 riders involved in fatal accidents, according to Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning.

  • For Immediate Release

    September 16, 2016

    State Legislator in Fatal Motorcycle Crash;

    Details Raise Questions About Strategies to Address Motorcycle Safety

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Pete Pettalia, a lawmaker who served in the Michigan State Legislature was fatally injured when a pickup truck turned directly into his lane. It is important to note that, Pettalia, was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

    State Representative Pettalia was an avid motorcyclist rights defender and advocate playing a key role in what would eventually become the repeal of the helmet law in Michigan state in 2012. News sources like CNN quickly tried to appeal to the irony that a critic of a universal helmet law was killed in a motorcycle accident. CNN’s headline read, “Lawmaker Who Opposed Universal Helmet Law Dies in Motorcycle Crash.” You would expect CNN to be more professional, the headline infers that the lack of a helmet was the reason for the fatality. This biased headline and notion is completely false as reports confirmed that the lawmaker was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

    This particular occurrence is, very unfortunately, one that has been repeated in the past. Despite helmet use, drivers of the four-wheeled variety often fail to see motorcyclists for a multitude of reasons that can include distracted or reckless driving, or simply the failure to be aware of their surroundings. It is for reasons like what caused the crash involving Mr. Pettalia and others like him, that groups such as the Motorcycle Riders Foundation emphasize the concept of crash prevention rather than safer crashing. The reality is, even if riders choose to wear and helmet and all the protective gear available, it is often not enough to stand up to reckless and distracted driving by motorists who fail to adhere to the oft-repeated biker adage. “Look Twice, Save a Life.”