Obama Calls for Helmet Laws – MRF News


This week President Obama released his ideal version of a transportation bill. The proposal has a specific provision that would allow the federal government to push a mandatory helmet law, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports

Buried in the 350 page document is language that would amend current United States code, which provides the motorcycle safety money that would allow “the Secretary [of transportation] or the Secretary’s designee [to] engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to motorcycle helmet use laws.”

This provision is unacceptable to the MRF. Labeled as “Support Activity” in the draft legislation, it’s a thinly, veiled stab at a mandatory national helmet law. The wording allows the Obama administration to claim that this is not a push for mandatory helmet laws due to how vague the language is. However, the Department of Transportation has never stated or even suggested allowing for rider choice when it comes to motorcycle helmets. Their official stated stance is that mandatory helmet laws are the silver bullet when it comes to motorcycle safety.

The draft is titled “Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America,” or GROW AMERICA Act. You can read the whole document here:

The draft legislation also has incentive grants for graduated auto licensing.

The MRF urges you to contact your Representative in the House and both of your Senators. You can reach the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. In addition, the MRF asks that you contact the White House directly and let them know you are not pleased with the helmet use provisions of President Obama’s GROW AMERICA Act. You can reach the White House several different ways from this website:http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation urges you to join your fellow freedom fighters in Washington on May 15th to lobby Congress and help stop this legislation. Please register for the event on the MRF website. If you have any questions about attending this most important day for motorcyclists, please call the MRF Washington D.C. office.

The MRF is committed to preserving your freedoms in every possible way.

5 Responses to Obama Calls for Helmet Laws – MRF News

  1. Dave May 8, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Im in canada!Ive been riding street legal bikes for 25 years never once bumped my head .Helmets are law here and if they werent i would not wear one.Rock the loud pipes and fuck the helmets.get areal pres while youre at it too!

  2. bikerrogue May 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

    It is time for All Motorcyclist to join forces and Put A Stop To The Federal Government Doing Things Like This.
    Even if you wear a helmet and or want others to you should educate them and try to convince them to do so. Forcing people to do so Is Just Wrong – There needs to be Freedom Of Choice and Let Those Who Ride Decide.
    I should also note there is also a Tiered Licensing as part of this and that means limiting what you ride and paying a government agency every time you change CCs of your ride.
    This is a slippery slope and by that I men if the government is successful in this there is more to come. We know there are those in government want to force all riders to be similar to the programs on military bases. Helmets, boots, gloves, glasses, reflective vests etc.
    Those who wear a jacket and or vest with patches on them should be especially concerned where this is headed.
    The Time To Stop This Is Now Before It Gets Worse.

  3. Dennis May 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t believe anyone should be made to wear a helmet but if they are not going to they should be made to take out an insurance policy that will cover lifetime care in case of brain injury. So I don’t have to pay for their care because they made a decision to not wear.

  4. Keith Smooth Lefebvre May 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    It is time for ALL riders from all areas of motorcycling to come together and put an end to this type of talk. Between the United Nations calling for “global road rules” which include helmet mandates to the Feds talking about helmets from all different angles, we need to fight. We are going to be faced with the very real threat of losing our ability to ride what, where and when we want. I don’t like fighting from a defensive position.
    As I have often said “If they made a law that said I COULD NOT wear a helmet, I would fight that too.”
    It isn’t about “helmets”, it’s about freedom and liberty.

  5. bikerrogue May 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    This in from the AMA

    Help End Federally Funded Motorcycle-only Checkpoints


    Do you want your hard-earned tax dollars going to fund motorcycle-only checkpoints? If you answered no, you need to sign the American Motorcyclist Association’s petition to end MOCs today!
    The AMA opposes the checkpoints because they are unfair, costly and ineffective.
    Join thousands of fellow riders in sending a message that MOCs must end! Follow this link: Sign the petition!, fill out the form at the bottom of the page and click the red “sign petition” button.
    In addition to the privilege of being singled out and directed to a discriminatory checkpoint, you also have the pleasure of knowing that your hard-earned tax dollars are allowing this to occur!
    Over $500,000 of funds dedicated to highway safety have been spent on motorcycle-only checkpoints – with more to come.
    This money could have paid the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course fee for 10,000 potential motorcyclists, been used to combat distracted driving or been invested – with federal matching dollars – in the current comprehensive study to analyze the root causes of motorcycle crashes.
    Instead, the money was wasted on frivolous, discriminatory MOCs.
    Fed up? You can do something about it.
    Help the motorcycling community fight these discriminatory checkpoints by signing the petition today!
    To learn more about the fight to end MOCs please visit the American Motorcyclist Association’s page here.

    If you are not yet an AMA member, please join the AMA to help us fight MOCs. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help us fight for your riding rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

    Please support legislation that ends federal funding for discriminatory, costly and ineffective motorcycle-only checkpoints.

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