MRF E-MAIL NEWS
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
May 8, 2005
#05NR09 - NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION: Lautenberg to Propose Amendment
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J) is planning to offer an amendment to the MRF's Motorcycle Safety Language contained in the highway bill HR 3. The MRF has received an advanced copy of Sen. Lautenberg’s proposed amendment. It would penalize, or prohibit, any state without a mandatory helmet law from participation in the grant process for monies designated for motorcycle training and awareness. This amendment could be offered as soon as tomorrow, May 9th.
"Sen. Lautenberg has a long history of seeking avenues to institute a national helmet law." said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations. "Every rider must act now."
"The MRF considers helmet laws to be a state issue, and certainly stand alone from rider training. To hold states ransom, or keep them from receiving much needed revenue for training is reprehensible." said MRF President Karen Bolin. "I have absolute faith that motorcyclists nationwide will defeat this amendment."
The MRF is calling on ALL riders to call your senators immediately and urge them to vote NO on the Lautenberg amendment that would tie a state helmet law to funding for motorcycle safety training.
There is no time for letters. CALLS are needed NOW. The Lautenberg amendment MUST be defeated.
SEE LISTING OF US SENATORS PHONE NUMBERS.