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Letter: Motorcycle group supports safety efforts

Motorcycle group supports safety

4:50 PM, May 14, 2013  |  Comments
Rev. Greg Whelton's motorcycle helmet bears the scars of his accident. Photo by Bruce Halmo/The Sheboygan Press
Rev. Greg Whelton's motorcycle helmet bears the scars of his accident. Photo by Bruce Halmo/The Sheboygan Press
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EDITOR: Gov. Scott Walker declared May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. Part of that is to make motorists aware of more motorcycles sharing the road with them. The other part is to remind bikers that we cannot rely on others and laws from Madison to keep us safe. Therefore, the motorcyclists group ABATE urges bikers to think of this month as "Motorcyclist Be Aware Month."

Speaking of being aware, it appears that the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board needs to do more research before editorializing on the ABATE organization. It seems that they have simply read the stories fed to them by the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team, which focused on helmet use. There are local and regional chapters and a state website which provide useful, accurate information.

While Gannett articles accurately highlighted the strength of ABATE as well as the dedication of thousands of members, editorial writers remain sadly uninformed about its many safety programs.

ABATE of Wisconsin established the Safe Rider Program which has been providing motorcycle safety instruction for decades. (I hope to attend a class for experienced riders next month.) It received the Motorcycle Training Award of Excellence from the Department of Transportation numerous times and the Motorcycle Safety Advocate Award for outstanding efforts in motorcycle safety. The Impaired Rider Prevention Program is working to educate the motorcycling community about the effects of riding impaired.

With freedom comes responsibility. I always wear my helmet but strongly support letting those who ride to decide.

Long live "freedom of the road."

Jim Maas,

Rothschild

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