The mandatory helmet battle has begun. Obama has released his version of a transportation bill titled GROW AMERICA ACT. This bill allows the Secretary of Transportation to “engage in activities with states and state legislators to consider proposals related to helmet use laws”. The document is 350 pages, but if you would like to check it out the address is http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/DOT_surface_reauth-final.pdf. (Sorry. My computer automatically underscores websites. There is an underscore line after ”DOT” and after ”surface”) I’m assuming most of you don’t need to read my opinion on why this is a bad thing. You already appreciate being treated like an adult and able to make the decision on whether or not you want to wear a helmet. What I will provide is some direction. To contact your US House of Representative or your US Senator call the US Capital Switchboard @ (202)224-3121. Also contact the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

We also need to increase our membership to fight this battle. Talk to your friends that are not members. Educate them on what’s going on. Wear your ABATE shirts/hats. Carry membership applications with you. Put up event flyers. Invite people to meetings. Write an article and send it to outspokin@abate.com. Come to meetings. Get involved. It’s not someone else’s turn to do the work. The time has come to push or wear a lid.

Scott “Woody” Wood
Government Relations Director

AMA Voter Guide for Motorcyclists (Requires AMA sign in)

Electric motorcycle tax credit may be extended

June '13 Legislative Notes

70 MPH

COLUMBUS (Tuesday, May 21, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today unveiled a map identifying interstate highway locations where motorists will be legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour beginning this summer.

The new designations follow recently passed legislation permitting speeds to increase from 65 to 70 mph on certain sections of interstate highways. H.B. 51 – the state’s transportation budget bill, which goes into effect on July 1, 2013 – increased speeds to 70 miles per hour on interstates that are “outside urbanized areas.”

The 70 mph speed limit is not new to Ohio. Motorists are already legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour on all 241 miles of the Ohio Turnpike. And according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 34 other states in the nation have some posted speed limits of 70 miles per hour or higher including Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia.

ODOT is making 317 new signs to comply with the legislation and to alert motorists to the increased speed at a total cost of $8,287.19. The signs are expected to be in place and revealed on July 1.

• 8 are “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs

• 48 are brand new speed limit signs

• 261 are sign pieces that will simply overlay the current 65 number with the new speed limit

The new law increases the speed on 570 miles out of 1,332 miles of interstate highways in Ohio. The exact location of the speed increases are:

  • Interstate 70
  • Interstate 71
  • Interstate 75
  • Interstate 76
  • Interstate 77
  • Interstate 90

Right of Way Bill

State Legislature of Ohio

The right of way bill effort has been started over. We are now in the process of finding a sponsor in either branch to introduce the bill again.

Handlebar Height

State Legislature of Ohio

Passed SB114 on 12/19/2012