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Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
My name is Sandra Lee and I was killed on August 23, 2003 by a right of way violator. It is hard for me to be patient with people who say “it was just an accident.” There was my death to consider and it matters. Whatever happened has consequences and they are irrevocable and irreversible. Since I am the one that died, I think the truth is owed. I know you didn’t mean to kill me but you did. The truth is that you didn’t take the five seconds to look twice before you turned. You could have saved my life!
The truth is that you weren’t paying attention. You just didn’t see me. One very real truth is that over two-thirds of motorcyclist’s deaths are caused by drivers, not motorcyclists. When one person dies it is a tragedy but when over 2,000 people die nationwide, it becomes a statistic. The unfortunate truth is that a lane change, casual red light run, untimely cell phone call or a driver’s inattentive left turn can, and in my case did, result in death.
The truth is that the motorcycling community makes efforts to educate the driving public about the presence of motorcycles on the road. We are putting up billboards and trying to gain attention in the media. We are lobbying state governments for increases in right of way violation penalties. The saddest truth of all is that our message continues to go unheeded by the general public. There is an attitude of indifference against motorcyclists. My life was reduced to a ticket for a right of way violation. Just maybe, the person who killed me will get charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Probably though, the insurance company and the lawyers will get the charge reduced to a right of way violation ticket. To them, the value of my life will be reduced to a $25.00 fine.
The truth is that “misdemeanor” and “death” should never be used in the same sentence. The truth about that violation is that my life was forfeited. I can no longer be a wife, a mother or a grandmother. Because you see… sometimes when you kill a motorcyclist… you also kill a family. My husband understands that you didn’t mean to kill me, but you did.
The truth is that cars are smoother and more comfortable to drive. It is easy to forget that you are moving two tons of steel and plastic down the road. Inside that car of yours, you had air bags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes to keep you safe. I guess a collision with a six hundred pound motorcycle just wasn’t very threatening to you. Now you understand or at least I hope you understand that one more look… just five more seconds… could have saved my life.
The truth is there is an attitude of indifference by our legislators and our judicial system regarding matters of right of way violation. Perhaps they don’t understand just how vulnerable I was. Perhaps no one believes that motorcycles have as much right to be on the road as other modes of transportation. It is time for legislators, prosecutors and judges to understand when dealing with motorists who cause motorcycle crashes that most of these “accidents” are preventable. I am dead or I would tell you these things myself.
The truth is that it is ironic that I would be killed by a right of way violator. I spent the last year of my life lobbying for increased penalties for right of way violators in
The truth is that throughout the ages, every minority on earth has had to fight for equality and it seems that now is the time for the 100,000 plus motorcyclists in
I hope the final truth is that, from this day forward, you will tell everyone you know that if only you would have looked twice, if only you would have taken five more seconds, you could have saved my life. Spread the word… motorcycles are everywhere.
NOTE: To continue
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- Share the road with motorcycles. While a motorcycle will only ride in 1/3 of the lane, he's entitled to the entire lane. NEVER try to share a lane with a motorcycle!
- Anticipate motorcycles in traffic and include them in your search pattern. They're out there. They're smaller than a car so you must LOOK for them.
- Understand the motorcyclists' intentions BEFORE proceeding into its path. We're not racing, take a moment to realize what's going on in traffic.
- ALWAYS signal your intentions when driving. Note that magic stick on your steering column's left side. These lights indicate to surrounding vehicles what you're doing. These lights are to be turned on before your maneuver to SIGNAL your INTENT. When you slam on your brakes, then light the signal...you're doing it wrong.
- Respect a motorcycle's additional stopping distance requirements, DON'T TAILGATE! A motorcycle only has two brakes compared to a car's four. Apply the 3 second rule when following.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Get trained and be properly licensed. School is not for sissies! There are beginner's riding courses and experienced riders courses. You'd be amazed at the bad habits you pick up over time. Get your learn on and keep your riding skills polished and ready at all times. Also, if you're riding around without an endorsement, when you are ticketed you're giving the entire motorcycling community a bad rap and contributing to bad stats. Be a part of the solution folks.
- Use TCLOCS for your pre-ride inspection. (Tires and wheels, Controls, Lights and electrics, Oil and fluids, Chassis, Side stand) Remember, when your bike is not properly maintained, you're putting yourself AND those you're riding with in danger. Help a Brother out!
- Use SEE to help reduce your risk in traffic. Search, Evaluate, Execute. Ride like you are invisible!
- Remember that SPEED is for the RACE TRACK. (WARNING: This link is GRAPHIC.) I know those crotch rockets can go really fast, but I would rather you test those limits in a controlled area and LIVE than busy streets and highways and end up like that guy.
- Know your limits, don't drink and ride. I know you're on a poker run on a hot day. Please enjoy an adult beverage (an as in one, then hang out for a bit to let metabolism work its magic) but don't get shit-faced. Your impaired riding can hurt you, your brothers and your family. Don't be an ass. I have a personal story on this one and will share it some time this month. Again, DON'T BE AN ASS!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
- We recently discussed this man getting killed by a drunk driver turning left.
- This lady died because she didn't have time to stop at the STOP sign and a dump truck ran her over.
- This young lady has a long road of recovery in front of her because the semi she turned left in front of couldn't stop his 18 wheels in time.
Friday, May 1, 2009
(Dang it, I had a feeling that last post was not going to work out the way I wanted it to! I wanted to show you the signed copy since it has been enacted into law. Here's a copy of the bill's language so you can read it. We usually have to do this every single year but this time we got some "revolving" language so every May until the end of time will be MC Awareness Month in North Carolina. WOO HOO!!)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 696
Short Title: Motorcycle Awareness Month.
Representatives Burris‑Floyd, Folwell, Allred, Stevens (Primary Sponsors); Avila, Barnhart, Blackwell, Blackwood, Blue, Blust, Boles, Brubaker, Burr, Current, Daughtry, Dollar, Earle, Faison, Farmer‑Butterfield, Fisher, E. Floyd, Glazier, Goforth, Goodwin, Grady, Guice, Gulley, Hall, Harrison, Hilton, Howard, Hurley, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Justus, Killian, Lucas, Mackey, McComas, McElraft, McLawhorn, Mills, Mobley, Moore, Neumann, Parmon, Randleman, Rhyne, Sager, Samuelson, Stam, Steen, Sutton, Tillis, Underhill, E. Warren, Weiss, Whilden, Wilkins, Williams, and Womble.
State Government/State Personnel.
March 23, 2009
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT ESTABLISHING MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH.
Whereas, motorcycle riding is a popular form of recreation and transportation for thousands of citizens across North Carolina and the United States; and
Whereas, North Carolina has over 132,000 registered motorcycles and over 260,000 licensed drivers who have either a motorcycle endorsement or a motorcycle learners permit; and
Whereas, it is important that the citizens of North Carolina be aware of motorcycles on the roadways and recognize the importance of motorcycle safety and of sharing the roadways; and
Whereas, the safe operation of a motorcycle is enhanced through a combination of rider training and experience, good judgment, and a knowledge of traffic laws and licensing requirements; and
Whereas, several organizations, such as the Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of North Carolina, along with the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program, and other State and local motorcycle clubs and riding or social clubs, are committed to increasing the safe operation of motorcycles by promoting rider safety education programs; their goal is to alert the motorists of the Great State of North Carolina to a Safety Promotion known as "Look Twice, Save a Life, Motorcycles are Everywhere"; and
Whereas, Motorcycle Awareness Month is designed to increase public awareness about motorcycles and to encourage their safe and proper use among motorcycle riders; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Chapter 103 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 103‑12. Motorcycle Awareness Month.
The month of May of each year is designated as Motorcycle Awareness Month in the State of North Carolina."
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.
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