108th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 168
Designating May 2004 as `National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month'.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 12, 2003
Mr. CAMPBELL (for himself, Mr. ALLARD, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. CARPER, and Mr. DURBIN) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary , April 28, 2004, Committee discharged; considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION
Designating May 2004 as `National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month'.

Whereas the United States of America is the world leader in motorcycle safety, promoting education, training, and motorcycle awareness;

Whereas motorcycles occupy a very important position in the history of this Nation and of the world;

Whereas over two-thirds of car-motorcycle crashes and nearly one-half of all motorcycle crashes are caused by car drivers, not by motorcyclists;

Whereas of the 1,400 fatal car-motorcycle crashes in 2001, 36 percent involved another vehicle violating the motorcyclist's right-of-way by turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking the vehicle;

Whereas although the motorcycling community has made efforts to mitigate these right-of-way crashes through enhancing motorcycle awareness via billboards, posters, media, and other campaigns, the message to `watch for motorcycles' continues to go unheeded by the general motoring public;

Whereas the motorcycling community has invested considerable time and effort to improve its safety record through safety initiatives such as increased rider training and licensing campaigns, but many times demand for rider training exceeds enrollment capacity and the programs often lack support from the larger traffic safety community;

Whereas the larger traffic safety community, highway designers, law enforcement, the medical community, designers of other vehicles, government, researchers working in related areas, insurers, and all road users can accomplish much more toward improving motorcycle safety;

Whereas the motorcycle is an efficient vehicle which conserves fuel, has little impact on our overworked roads and highway system, is an important mode of transportation involving such activities as commuting, touring, and recreation, and promotes friendship by attracting riders from all over the world through various clubs and organizations;

Whereas the month of May marks the traditional start of the motorcycle riding season; and

Whereas, due to the increased number of motorcycles on the road, it is appropriate to set aside the month of May 2004 to promote motorcycle awareness and safety and to encourage all citizens to safely share the roads and highways of this great Nation by paying extra attention to those citizens who ride motorcycles: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) designates May 2004 as `National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month'; and
(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

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April 29, 2004

#04NR21 - U.S. SENATE DESIGNATES MAY AS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH, HOUSE BILL INTRODUCED

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that last night, under unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed S. 168, sponsored by Senator Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell (R-CO), a resolution designating May 2004 as "National Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month." Campbell, who is retiring at the end of this Congress, has long been a champion of motorcyclists and an avid rider himself. In January of 2001, when the current President was being inaugurated, most Senators were eager to take their seats in the grandstand behind the President. Senator Campbell gave up a prime seat to ride in the inaugural parade in the rain. He is truly is one of us.

"This resolution will serve as a flag to folks across the country that motorcycle safety and awareness are key planks in the MRF platform." said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations. "It's these types of things that show our elected officials in Washington just how dedicated and involved motorcyclists are."

The MRF is also pleased to inform you that Representative Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) introduced a House companion bill today. If you have the time, please contact Congresswoman Musgrave and let her know how much you appreciate her efforts with this piece of legislation at http://wwwc.house.gov/musgrave/. Under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives (rule 12, clause 5), no legislation can be introduced if it establishes recognition for any purpose through the designation of a specified period of time. The Senate does not have this rule. The bill being introduced by Congresswoman Musgrave will have the same points as the Senate bill, but will not designate May as the primary month. However, all in all this is another significant step forward for the motorcycling community.

The MRF would like to thank all of the dedicated individuals and SMROs that contacted their Senators to solicit their support of Senator Campbell's bill. It is through your efforts that the passage of legislation like S. 168 is possible. As soon as we have an official bill number for the House bill, the MRF will let you know so that you can contact your Congressman to ask for his/her support of this important piece of legislation.












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