October 2016 Region 5 Newsletter

September 30th, 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the Region 5 newsletter.

Region 5 Clinton County October Meeting Cancelled

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

As the Oregonia AMA Hillclimbs fall on the same day as the October Region 5 Clinton County meeting, it was decided to cancel the October meeting; Region 5 Clinton County meetings will resume in November. Region 5 will be hosting a booth at the Hillclimbs.


Ken and Marti Criswell Memorial Fall Covered Bridge Ride

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Region 5 is supporting the Ken and Marti Criswell Memorial Fall Covered Bridge Ride presented by "The Friends of Ken and Marti Criswell" held Saturday, October 8th. The "Friends of Ken and Marti Criswell" is composed of long time members of the motorcycle rights community in Southwest Ohio. Ride starts at Country Kitchen located just off I-71 Exit 32; ride ends at Little River Cafe in Oregonia. Registration begins at 9:30AM; ride leaves at 11AM. This is a FREE ride. Staging for the ride will be held in the Flying J truck parking area. Click flier image for full size flier.

Ken and Marti Criswell Memorial Fall Covered Bridge Ride Flier


American Legion Riders Fall Out Ride

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

American Legion Riders, longtime supporters of ABATE in Clinton County, from American Legion Post 49 located in Wilmington, Ohio will be holding their "Fall Out Ride" Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

Breakfast from 0900 - 1200. Sign ups from 11AM-1PM. Last bike out at 1PM. Scatter start. Ends at "Cheap Charlie's House" at 1563 Berlin Rd., Wilmington OH. Dinner at 5:30. Bring a covered dish, lawn chair, and drinks. Music, corn hole, bon fire, and primitive camping. Click flier image for full size flier.

American Legion Riders Fall Out Ride Flier


2015 Motor Vehicle Crash Data Released; Increase in Motorcyclist Fatalities

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

This week(September 1st), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released 2015 data concerning motor vehicle crashes and fatalities. This data also included information on motorcyclist fatalities. The data comes from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) as well as the National Automotive Sampling System and General Estimates System. The information provides an overall measure of highway safety, and aids in guiding policy solutions for federal and state lawmakers as well as provides a basis to evaluate the effectiveness of motor vehicle safety standards and highway safety programs.

In 2015, the nation saw an overall upward trend in vehicle crashes and fatalities across all segments of the population. Overall, there was a 7.2 percent increase which is the largest percentage increase in almost 50 years. Increases in fatalities were seen in all types of vehicles and roadway users including SUVs, vans, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Specifically, motorcyclists' fatalities in 2015 had an increase of 8.3%, the largest since 2012.

There were other statistics, specific to motorcycles that are of note:

The NHTSA release offered some possible explanation for the overall upward trend in fatal crashes. Specifically, it linked economic trends like a recovering economy and lower gas prices as reasons more people were on the road, likely due to work travel and increased recreational travel. Warmer weather and milder winters which some of the nation saw in 2015 were also contributing factors.

Though no specific policy solutions were offered with the NHTSA release, it was noted that, "in States without universal helmet laws, 58 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2015 were not wearing helmets, as compared to 8% in States with universal helmet laws." This is likely an indicator that NHTSA will continue its position in viewing universal helmet laws as a solution for highway safety. This emphasizes 'safer crashing' rather than crash prevention; of which many motorcyclists find fault.

In response to the release of the data, The White House and Department of Transportation are issuing a call to action to involve a wide range of stakeholders in helping determine the causes of the increases seen in the 2015 crash and fatality data. NHTSA announced plans to share the information with its safety partners, state and local officials, technologists, data scientists, and policy experts. States and the nation as a whole are likely to see policy solutions offered and initiatives brokered over the following weeks and months as a result of the newly released data.

The motorcyclist community is also in the process of responding to the recently released data through reviewing and confirming the information and preparing to work with the federal agencies to ensure that policy solutions are achieved through the lens of crash avoidance and do not infringe upon their personal rights. These activities will complement the already existing efforts being achieved at the federal and state levels like emphasis on rider education, alcohol awareness programs, share the road initiatives, motorcyclist awareness programs and reduced distraction efforts.

The raw data can be accessed via NHTSA's website: ftp://ftp.nhtsa.dot.gov/fars/2015/


Support legislation that protects motorcyclists from unsafe E15 fuel

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

Your representative in Congress may have not cosponsored all the legislation important to motorcyclists to protect us from unsafe E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume). The American Motorcyclist Association supports the following bills and encourages you to urge your representative to cosponsor them today.

They are:

These bills—and other important bills—are being scored by the AMA as part of its online 2016 Vote Like A Motorcyclist campaign.

It is important to act today, because your representative has only a few legislative days to cosponsor these bills before the Nov. 8 election. By cosponsoring these bills, representatives can increase their "AMA gauge" score.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".


Support legislation that protects your right to race!

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

Your representative in Congress may have not cosponsored the bipartisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (H.R. 4715 RPM Act) would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles (street motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act) would remain legal. The RPM Act of 2016 would protect the right of amateur and professional motorcycle racing enthusiasts to modify their motorcycles for competition.

This bills - and other important bills - are being scored by the AMA as part of its online 2016 Vote Like A Motorcyclist campaign.

Act today, because your representative has only a few legislative days to cosponsor these bills before the Nov. 8 election. By cosponsoring this bill, representatives can increase their "AMA gauge" score.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".


Make your candidates aware of the AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist Campaign

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

The American Motorcyclist Association is encouraging its members to let their candidates know about the 2016 AMA Vote Like A Motorcyclist campaign and ask them to respond to questions about issues important to motorcyclists.

The 2016 AMA Voter Guide provides links to their campaign websites, candidates' responses from you and your fellow motorcyclists on issues such as access to public lands, distracted driving and E15 fuel.

A key component is the federal incumbents' "AMA gauge" rating. A green indicator indicates a candidate is 100 percent in agreement with the priorities of the AMA and its members.

We need your help to make the federal incumbents aware of this AMA gauge rating. Let them know that there is still time to raise their score by cosponsoring key bills that motorcyclists favor or by not cosponsoring bills unfavorable to motorcyclists.

For each candidate from the two major political parties, the AMA provides questions on these issues. Candidate responses may be included in the AMA online voter guide.

Be sure to send the prewritten message to your candidates by clicking on the "Take Action" link.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".


Region 5 Monthly Meeting Info

Locations and times for the next Region 5 county meetings

Next Region 5 meeting for Clinton County is 11AM, November 13th at American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Next Region 5 meeting for Butler-Clermont-Hamilton counties is 11AM, October 2nd at The Train Stop in Foster, Ohio.