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Old 08-21-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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Default New M/C Legislation - TX and MO (No, not 'MO')

From some hack named 'Gabe' on Motorcycle Daily:

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Texas Gets Smart, Missouri Sees Red

By Gabe Ets-Hokin

Texas just elevated itself greatly in my eyes by enacting some very progressive pro-motorcycle legislation. The new law, which goes into effect September 1, 2009, contains seven major provisions to increase rider safety and awareness of motorcyclists by Texas motorists.

Senate Bill 1967 was a bi-partisan effort cosponsored by Texas State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) and Representative Norma "Da' Lady" Chavez (D-El Paso). Highlights include funding for a public awareness campaign to promote sharing the roads with motorcyclists, a requirement for the Texas DOT to develop a standard of proof of health insurance for helmetless riders and passengers, and increased penalties for drivers who cause motorcycles to crash by not yielding right-of-way.


But most importantly in my view, and strangely for one of the most conservative states in the Union, is the requirement for all new riders to complete a basic motorcycle operator's course before they get their motorcycle endorsement. Few states require mandatory training for new riders over 18; it's my opinion that all riders should get some basic training before they ride; that could save a lot more lives than any helmet law. Sadly, S.B. 506, allowing lane-sharing by motorcyclists, has been twisting in the wind since May 21st. If you're a Texan, go to your legislator's office and make a big scene. Pretend he wants to take your guns and make you a socialist.

A lesser (but still good news for bikers) sort of victory was in the Show Me state. There, it's now legal for motorcyclists and bicyclists to run red traffic signals that aren't cycling because their magnetic sensors can't pick up the mass of the motorcycle or bicycle. The cyclists, motor or otherwise, must wait until the light has been red "an unreasonable time" before they can run it, and have to judge if any oncoming traffic is "an imminent hazard." According to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, Missouri is the eighth state to pass this kind of law since 2002, and three other states considered similar legislation this year. Kudos to State Senator Bill Stouffer (R).
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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"If you're a Texan, go to your legislator's office and make a big scene. Pretend he wants to take your guns and make you a socialist."

The difference is that nobody will protest a law that makes people better riders. They will protest a law that will create 250 billion in debt and do nothing but create the largest mess in US history.....all which will have to be paid for by people who actually work for a living.
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