Volume 89 Issue 1 January 2012
ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC.
Daytona Beach Chapter
―Dedicated To Freedom Of the Road‖
NEXT ABATE MEETING
IRON HORSE SALOON 7:30 PM
January 5, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! I hope every body had a good Christmas. We can't complain about
the weather this year, the 80's have been great for riding.
I want to thank every one that came and helped out at the nursing home December 3rd. and a big
Thanks to Santa!
Our next Chapter meeting is January 5th at the Iron Horse at 7:30 - see you then.
This is the time of year that our advertisers get their bill for advertising in our newsletter. Please
support them when ever you can!
Life's short, Ride hard
I hope everyone had a nice X Mas and Happy New Year.
I want to thank Frank Roush A.K.A."Cupcake" for driving us to the State meeting due to weather conditions. We
ended up having a pretty good day. We have a few things to go over at the next meeting so please try to be here
on the 5th.
I would like to send my condolences to our sergeant of arms Terry Ryals and his wife and family for the loss of his
mother on 12/26 after a very hard battle with Cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with them..
See everyone on the 5th .
Ride safe and be careful.
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Iron Horse Saloon
December 1, 2011
President: Ken called meeting to order at 7:35 PM followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Mo-
ment of Silence for lost members. State Meeting is coming up on Dec. 10th. Everyone is welcome
to go and encouraged to a State Meeting.
VP: Steve introduced Kristi from American Life. She lives here in Ormond Beach. Many people
do not have their policy and she will be sure that we all have our policies.
Steve has tickets to sell for bike week.
Secretary: Kathy states last months minutes were printed in the newsletter. Motion made to ac-
cept minutes as printed. Motion passed.
Treasurer: John discussed Chapter finances.
Membership: Nov. 6 new members, 4 renewals. Dec. we have 4 renewals and 2 new members
1 new life member.
Products: Steve has products available tonight. We are ordering new shirts.
Legislative: John discussed legislation going on right now.
Newsletter: Was uploaded to the website and also printed for Members with no computers.
Safety: Brenda is absent tonight so Mrs. Terri stood in for her. Brenda has been under the weath-
er. She is trying to get into schools but hasn’t heard back yet from any of the schools.
Sgt. At Arms: Terry talked about the run to the Nursing Home, everyone to come and be careful
on the run.
PR: John talked about our run that we had. It was a good turnout. He is still talking to the guy at
Ice House to advertise. We are still looking for more advertisers.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
Good of Order: Run to the Nursing Home Dec. 3rd. Wrapped gift with name Male or Fe-
male. Not an ABATE Run. Ken handed out cards tonight with Bob Reese’s picture. Mike
Rotten asked why we cannot put an ad in the local magazines with a full page ad that
says to support ABATE. It was discussed that the magazine would be probably Thunder
Road. ABATE is mentioned in that magazine. We need to keep watching for places to
put the word out.
50/50 won by: Frank Roush and donated some money back.
Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM
Legislative Report December 11, 2011 John Banta
Go on to the ABATE of Florida Website www.abateflorida.com, Click on the Legislative
Information Center (LIC) and subscribe to email list. You will get the latest legislative news and
Just for the record. There was not a post –Biketoberfest October report. In past years, the
press erroenessey report as motorcyclist deaths, everyone wearing a black T-shirt. During Biketober-
fest 2011, 1 5 people on motorcycles and 1 person on a bicycle died. Allison Sellers and Javier Remon-
san. died in a rear-end hit and run on I4 Sunday. Mr. Remonsan was also run over by two other vehi-
cles. On the same Sunday Mr. & Mrs. Allens were killed by Al Hopkins on Taylor Road, which was also
a hit and run. I do not have any info on the fifth fatality. Of course the media reported that none of the
five were wearing HELMETS. How do you survive a hit and run and then being run over by two other
vehicles? That helmet would not make a difference. The media always wants the helmet slant. The me-
dia tally on past years were 1 2010; 1 2009; 2 2008 0; 2007 5; Biketoberfest 2005. What about 2006?
Here are the 2011 statues that especially affect motorcyclists. Always look up the statues. For years there were no
front brake tickets issued to riders of choppers, until someone went to court and fought it.
316.1923 Aggressive driving defined
316.1926 Makes the wheelies violations and concealed motorcycle license plates a special penalty as
described in 318.14
316.209 Two abreast okay but no passing another vehicle within the same lane or driving down center
316.2085 Ride on regular seat not on gas tank, can’t put the girls on your lap; no wheelies (2); perma-
nent unmovable, un-obscured license tag (3); vertical license plate only with a toll transponder, also
(3); both hands free for handlebar. Violations are a moving violation chapter 318
316.2095 Footrests and handlebars
316.211 (3b) $10000 medical coverage requirements for helmetless riders
316.605 Non-moving violation vertical license plates; cross referenced to316.2085 transponders
318.14 (5) The actual stiffer penalties for those under 318.19
If the person is required to appear before the designated official pursuant to s. 318.19(1) and is
found to have committed the infraction, the designated official shall impose a civil penalty of $1,000 in
addition to any other penalties and the person’s driver’s license shall be suspended for 6 months.
318.14 (13)(a,b,c) The $1000 fine for popping a wheelie, poorly written, but at least it can be interpret-
ed that it does not apply to vertical license plate violations.
318.19 Mandatory hearings for those who are involved in an accident with severe injury (2) or death
318.19 Infractions requiring a mandatory hearing.—Any person cited for the infractions listed in this section
shall not have the provisions of s. 318.14(2), (4), and (9) available to him or her but must appear before the
designated official at the time and location of the scheduled hearing:
(1) Any infraction which results in a crash that causes the death of another;
(2) Any infraction which results in a crash that causes “serious bodily injury” of another as defined in s.
(3) Any infraction of s. 316.172(1)(b);
(4) Any infraction of s. 316.520(1) or (2); or
(5) Any infraction of s. 316.183(2), s. 316.187, or s. 316.189 of exceeding the speed limit by 30 m.p.h. or
320.08068 MC specialty plate
324.021 (1) PD Financial Responsibility exemption for motorcycles routed to 627.732 (3)
627.732 (3) PIP No Fault exemption for motorcycles
―Motor vehicle‖ means any self-propelled vehicle with four or more wheels
ABATE of Florida current agenda is to get a stiffer penalty law on the books so law enforcement will write a
citation for it. The bill has not been filed yet. Our State President and Lobbyist, Doc Reichenbach is working
on it. Be aware there are political strategies which cannot be divulged till after the fact. Previous discus-
sions with legislators express reluctance on penalties requiring incarceration (because the state has not
enough money). Well just look at Reckless Driving. However, that offense might have to be witnessed by
316.192 Reckless driving.—
(1)(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty
of reckless driving.
(b) Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is reckless driving per se.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (3), any person convicted of reckless driving shall be punished:
(a) Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days or by fine of not less than $25 nor more
than $500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(b) On a second or subsequent conviction, by imprisonment for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not less than $50 nor
more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(3) Any person:
(a) Who is in violation of subsection (1);
(b) Who operates a vehicle; and
(c) Who, by reason of such operation, causes:
1. Damage to the property or person of another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.082 or s. 775.083.
2. Serious bodily injury to another commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.
775.083, or s. 775.084. The term “serious bodily injury” means an injury to another person, which consists of a physical con-
dition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the
function of any bodily member or organ.
(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, $5 shall be added to a fine imposed pursuant to this section. The
clerk shall remit the $5 to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund.
(5) In addition to any other penalty provided under this section, if the court has reasonable cause to believe that the use
of alcohol, chemical substances set forth in s. 877.111, or substances controlled under chapter 893 contributed to a viola-
tion of this section, the court shall direct the person so convicted to complete a DUI program substance abuse education
course and evaluation as provided in s. 316.193(5) within a reasonable period of time specified by the court. If the DUI pro-
gram conducting such course and evaluation refers the person to an authorized substance abuse treatment provider for sub-
stance abuse evaluation and treatment, the directive of the court requiring completion of such course, evaluation, and treat-
ment shall be enforced as provided in s. 322.245. The referral to treatment resulting from the DUI program evaluation may not
be waived without a supporting independent psychosocial evaluation conducted by an authorized substance abuse treatment pro-
vider, appointed by the court, which shall have access to the DUI program psychosocial evaluation before the independent psy-
chosocial evaluation is conducted. The court shall review the results and recommendations of both evaluations before deter-
mining the request for waiver. The offender shall bear the full cost of this procedure. If a person directed to a DUI program
substance abuse education course and evaluation or referred to treatment under this subsection fails to report for or com-
plete such course, evaluation, or treatment, the DUI program shall notify the court and the department of the failure. Upon
receipt of such notice, the department shall cancel the person’s driving privilege, notwithstanding the terms of the court
order or any suspension or revocation of the driving privilege. The department may reinstate the driving privilege upon veri-
fication from the DUI program that the education, evaluation, and treatment are completed. The department may temporarily
reinstate the driving privilege on a restricted basis upon verification that the offender is currently participating in
treatment and has completed the DUI education course and evaluation requirement. If the DUI program notifies the department
of the second failure to complete treatment, the department shall reinstate the driving privilege only after notice of suc-
cessful completion of treatment from the DUI program.
From our State Legislative Trustee Scribe:
I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving!
I am sending out this news report about the 4 new trauma centers to be opened because I feel that it is very important for us to be
aware of them. The first couple of hours are VERY critical for someone that has been severely injured. The sooner that they can get to a
trauma center the better their odds of survival. It doesn't matter if it is from a crash on our bikes, cars, or whatever, getting to a trauma
center is critical.
As you know, ABATE of Florida, Inc. is represented on the Motorcycle Safety Coalition, other members include people from the Dept. of
Health (DOH) and one of their leading trauma surgeons. One of the big goals of the DOH is to educate paramedics, LEO's, and regular
ER staff to the type of trauma patients that need immediate evacuation to the nearest trauma center. Specifically, they are educating the
first responders about motorcycle crashes and the need for quick and proper assessment and than evac to the proper medical setting.
I have spoken to the DOH members and the trauma surgeon many times and they are very serious about getting mo-
torcycle crash injuries seen as a very high priority. The trauma surgeon, who doesn't ride (yet), even took the recent
computerized motorcycle safety coaching course with me. Even though it was a computer simulator, it was her first
time straddling and operating a bike. She came away from that with a completely new respect for the dangers we face
Here is the story...
The DOH on Friday gave the go-ahead to trauma centers at Orange Park Medical Center in Clay County, Regional
Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County, Blake Medical Center in Manatee County and Kendall Regional Medi-
cal Center in Miami-Dade County --- all part of the HCA hospital chain. HCA last year announced a push to add trau-
ma centers at hospitals in Florida. In a news release this week, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point touted the ap-
proval of its trauma center as the "next natural step in the evolution" of the hospital.
"Having a trauma center here will mean faster treatment for trauma patients, which could be the difference between life
and death and will satisfy a huge need in our community,'' Pam Schlicher, the hospital's vice president of emergency
and trauma services, said in the release.
Tallahassee — Drawing on 157 redistricting maps submitted by citizens and on testimony by more than 1,600
people across the state, the Florida Senate today published proposed redistricting plans for congressional and senate
The plans, which can be found at www.flsenate.gov/redistricting, will define boundaries for voting districts for
the next ten years, beginning with the 2012 elections. All Floridians are encouraged to review the proposed redistrict-
ing plans and provide their comments and suggestions.
The proposals were developed by the Senate Reapportionment Committee based on bipartisan guidelines
agreed to by all 24 of the Democrats and Republicans on the committee. All directions to staff and committee proce-
dures have been agreed to in a bipartisan manner by the Senate Majority Leader, Andy Gardiner, and the Senate Mi-
nority Leader, Nan Rich. Also agreed to unanimously were instructions to staff to preserve minorities’ access to the
political system and avoid retrogress
Bills are being files. We will monitor innocuous bills because anything can happen while the legislature is in House
Cell phone bills are sitting in Transportation Committee. Chairman Brad Drake apparently does not favor them.
HM57 Rep.Caldwell Sovereignty of the State: Urges Congress to discontinue its practice of imposing federal man-
dates & legislation upon states which exceed scope of its constitutionally delegated powers under Tenth Amendment to
U.S. Constitution & to repeal all existing compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply or requires states
to pass specific legislation in order not to lose federal funding.
Scribe's note – The above underlined part is HUGE for us, one way to implement a National Helmet Law is to with-
hold Federal funding to the States if they don't comply. The Feds could also require the States to have Motorcycle Only
Check points or else lose funding.
HB33 Rep. Ahern Traffic Control Signals: Requires traffic control signals to maintain certain signal intervals & dis-
play durations based on approach speeds; provides that citation for specified violations shall be dismissed if traffic
control signal does not meet specified requirements; provides dates for intersections to meet requirements.
Currently in: Appropriations Committee, past first committee
HB39 Rep. Julien Traffic Safety Requires person cited for moving violation while using handheld mobile telecom-
munications device to appear before designated official; provides additional penalties
Currently in: Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee
HB119 Rep. Boyd Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection Insurance: Comprehensive Insurance Fraud Investi-
gation and Prevention Act";
PIP IN HOUSE INSURANCE AND BANKING: The House Insurance and Banking Committee begins its work on what is ex-
pected to be one of the major insurance issues for the coming year, taking up a draft proposed committee substitute
for HB 119, dealing with Personal Injury Protection Insurance. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 404 House Office Build-
ing, the Capitol.)
PIP IN SENATE BANKING AND INSURANCE: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee discuss personal
injury protection auto insurance, and will hear testimony from stakeholders. The PIP system – no-fault insur-
ance that covers medical costs – is widely thought to be rife with fraud and in need of reform. Lawmakers
have said they intend to do that this coming year, though so far, no wide-reaching PIP overhaul bill is filed.
(Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., 412 Knott Building, The Capitol.)
HB159 Rep Nelson (Yes the same Nelson who was criticizing ABATE about safety funding) Motor Vehi-
cles: Creates "Highway Safety Act"; requires operator of motor vehicle to yield left lane when being overtaken
on multilane highway; revises number of specified acts necessary to qualify as aggressive careless driver; re-
quires DHSMV to provide information about Highway Safety Act in driver's license educational materials.
Currently in: Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee
HB161 Rep. Campbell Driving Without a Valid Driver License: Revises penalties for knowingly driving
while driver's license or driving privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked; revises procedures for impound-
ment or immobilization of vehicle.
Currently in: Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee
HB187 Rep. Slosberg Traffic Safety: Designates act "Minor Traffic Safety Act"; prohibits use of handheld cel-
lular telephones & other electronic communications devices by drivers under 18 years of age & persons driving
school buses; provides for voluntary check off on driver's license applications to permit contributions to AAA
Foundation for Traffic Safety; requires DHSMV to issue distinctive placard when issuing or reissuing driver's
license to person under certain age; requires such person to display placard at all times while operating motor
vehicle; restricts number of certain passengers permitted in vehicle operated by person under certain age.
Currently in: Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee
From Darrin "Scribe" Brooks, State Legislative Trustee,
Hello Again, This also came out of the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee on Tuesday.
Please read the comments by Rep. Brad Drake below and then notice the last line that I put in red... As Yogi
Berra said "It's like déjà vu all over again."
Rep. Irv Slosberg, whose daughter died in a car crash several years ago, has made road safety his main
cause in the Legislature urged and chastised the House Transportation and Highway Safety Subcommittee on
Tuesday to get behind a ban on texting while driving. During a workshop for the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles, Slosberg repeatedly asked why the bill as currently drafted didn't include such a
ban. "Why aren't we discussing distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, when 35 states have laws
against it?" asked the Boca Raton Democrat, who is the ranking minority member of the committee and has
focused largely on seat belt laws and other highway safety legislation during much of his career. Rep. Ben
Albritton will sponsor the Highway Safety bill replied that the issue, frankly, is controversial and should be
addressed in a stand-alone bill because there are other provisions in the agency bill that must pass. There is
a stand-alone bill banning texting while driving – which is awaiting a hearing in the same committee.
The committee chairman, Rep. Brad Drake, said that just because there is nothing in the draft highway safety
legislation, now doesn't mean the issue can't be taken up."That's why we're here," said Drake. "If it's decided
that's the direction we'll go, we'll go. If there's not enough support, then you know what happens…. I think any of
us would be willing to work on something that might be … feasible, realistic." Drake added that Slosberg was
welcome to file a stand-alone bill on the issue.
That's already been done.
Slosberg is the co-sponsor of the bill (HB 299) banning texting while driving, along with Rep. Ray Pilon. That
measure has three House committee assignments, including Drake's Highway Safety Committee where it
must be heard first. It hasn't been put on the committee's agenda for a hearing yet.
The federal government is able to create modify rules without specific legislation. U.S. Transportation Secretary
Ray LaHood announced a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held
cell phones while operating their vehicles.
HB299 Rep. Pilon Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving: Creates "Florida
Ban on Texting While Driving Law"; prohibits operation of motor vehicle while using wireless com-
munications device for certain purposes; provides exceptions; specifies information that is admis-
sible as evidence of violation; provides for enforcement as secondary action; provides for points to
be assessed against driver's license for unlawful use of wireless communications device resulting
Currently in: Trans. And Hwy Safety Subcommittee
HB343 Noncriminal Traffic Infractions Rep. Nehr
Provides for testing of unattended devices used to enforce traffic laws; specifies that burden for proving guilt rests with
government entity bringing charge; provides that person charged with violation that involves traffic infraction detector
or similar device may not be compelled to be witness against himself or herself & has right to confront any witnesses;
requires that evidence obtained from such device be authenticated in court by certain persons who must appear in per-
son & offer direct testimony & account in writing for any evidence used; provides that person receiving notice of viola-
tion involving such device has option of requesting hearing without further issuance of traffic citation & may not be
charged surcharge for requesting hearing; provides that there shall be no prosecution of traffic infraction based upon
evidence from such device & notice of violation or citation based on such device is void unless device has passed speci-
fied accuracy test
HB359 Rep. Costello Ethics: Defines "special private gain or loss"; prohibits member of Legislature from
voting upon or participating in legislation inuring to personal gain or loss of member or his or her relative; prohibits
member from participating in legislation inuring to personal gain or loss of business associate, employer, board on
which member sits, principal by whom member is retained, or parent corporation or subsidiary of such principal; re-
quires that member disclose all such interests to applicable legislative body or committee before legislation is consid-
ered; requires disclosure by certain period & in specified manner; requires that member vote on GAA & disclose con-
flicts of interest with line-item appropriation.
HB571 Teenage Drivers Rep. Steinberg
Provides for DHSMV to electronically notify parent or guardian when certain events are added to driving record of mi-
nor licensed to drive.
HB4013 Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act Rep. Gaetz
Repealing the Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act, to remove the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in this
state include a percentage of ethanol, subject to specified exemptions, waivers, suspensions, extensions, enforcement,
and reporting. SCRIBE wrote in a Dec. 7 email:
A House panel Tuesday approved repealing a 2008 law that requires ethanol in Florida gasoline, with sponsor Matt Gaetz, R-Fort
Walton Beach, saying government is "crawling into our gas cans.'' The proposal (HB 4013) is backed by groups such as the marine
industry, which argues that ethanol damages boat motors. But it drew criticism from companies that are developing ethanol plants
in Florida. Aaron Pepper, chief executive officer of Southeast Renewable Fuels, LLC, said his company is preparing to break
ground on an ethanol plant in Hendry County. "Now, however, it feels like the state is pulling the rug out from under us,'' Pepper
told the House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee. The panel approved the bill in a 10-4 vote. The Senate version (SB 238) has also
been approved by one committee and is scheduled to go to the Commerce and Tourism Committee on Wednesday. The 2008 law,
backed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, requires gasoline to include 9 to 10 percent ethanol. Even if lawmakers repeal the requirement,
however, it is unclear how much effect the change would have. Federal law also includes ethanol requirements .
HB4021 Adultery, Cohabitation, and Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, Rep. Workman
Repeals provisions relating to living in open adultery; deletes language that made prohibition on couples lewdly & las-
civiously associating & cohabiting together part of prohibition of lewd & lascivious behavior. `
Current 2011 Statue, which this bill would appeal:
798.01 Living in open adultery.—Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misde-
meanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the
parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty
of the offense provided for in this section.
SB196 Child Safety Devices in Motor Vehicles Sen. Altman This bill will require children under 7 to be in a car seat.
This is on the NTSB agenda although they have no documentation of any circumstances that would be changed if this
was enacted. No motorcycle rides for your first grader. This is going to pass. It passed the Senate one session. It will
probably be also added to a massive DHSMV bill.
SB238 Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act Sen. Evers, who is our buddy. See HB4013.
This is pro-active legislation to deal with the Federal EPA, which wants to increase allowable ethanol content in gas.
Ethanol is bad for those riding older bikes. SCRIBE wrote in a Dec. 6 email:
The sponsor of a measure that would repeal a law requiring ethanol in Florida gasoline agreed to postpone its consideration
Wednesday in the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, with several members of the panel saying
they're uncomfortable with a full repeal, though there's support for making sure non-ethanol gasoline is availa-
ble. Bill sponsor Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, said blended gasoline damages boat motors, and other engines,
and said the requirement has been difficult for gas stations. Committee Chairwoman Nancy Detert, R-Venice,
said she understood the problems with the requirement, but thought the bill should keep some requirement in
place, while making some exceptions to allow for people to be able to find non-blended gas. "I just don’t want
to hurt the businesses that are in place to offer us renewable energy ideas," Detert said. Evers agreed to pull
his bill (SB 238) back to continue to work on a compromise measure. A House version of the proposal (HB
4013) was approved Tuesday by the Energy & Utilities Subcommittee. The 2008 law that would be repealed by
the bill, backed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist, requires gasoline to include 9 to 10 percent ethanol. Even if law-
makers repeal the requirement, however, it is unclear how much effect the change would have because the
federal government also has ethanol requirements
SB244 Motor Vehicles Sen. Bennett
Cites this act as the "Highway Safety Act;" providing legislative intent
relating to road rage and aggressive careless driving; requiring an operator of a motor vehicle to yield the left lane
when being overtaken on a multilane highway; revising the number of specified acts necessary to qualify as an
aggressive careless driver; providing specified punishments for aggressive careless driving, including imposition
of an increased fine; providing that a second or subsequent infraction as an aggressive careless driver requires at-
tendance at a mandatory hearing; requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to provide in-
formation about the Highway Safety Act in driver’s license educational materials, etc.
This bill tries to get the slow drivers out of the left lane. However, I fail to see how it deals with impatient hot
SB286 Vehicle Crashes Resulting in Personal Injury Sen.Fasano
Increasing from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony the penalty imposed for willfully failing to remain
at the scene of a crash involving personal injury; conforming provisions of the offense severity ranking chart of the
Criminal Punishment Code, etc.
SB 416 Use of Wireless Communications Devices While Driving Sen.Detert
Creating the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”; prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while us-
ing a wireless communications device for certain purposes; specifying information that is admissible as evidence
of a violation; providing penalties; providing for enforcement as a secondary action; providing for points to be as-
sessed against a driver’s license for the unlawful use of a wireless communications device resulting in a crash, etc.
First time offenders get fined $30, court costs and six points on their driving record
SB552 Sen. Dockery Ethics:
Defining the term “special private gain or loss”; prohibiting a member of the Legislature from voting upon or par-
ticipating in any legislation inuring to the personal gain or loss of the member or his or her relative; prohibiting a
member of the Legislature from participating in any legislation inuring to the personal gain or loss of a business
associate, employer, board on which the member sits, principal by whom the member is retained, or parent corpo-
ration or subsidiary of such principal; requiring that members of the Legislature vote on the General Appropria-
tions Act and disclose conflicts of interest with any line-item appropriation, etc.
SB568 Noncriminal Traffic Infractions Sen. Wise; (CO-INTRODUCER) Evers
Noncriminal Traffic Infractions; Providing for testing of certain unattended devices used to enforce traffic laws;
specifying that, at a hearing of any charge of a noncriminal traffic infraction, the burden for proving guilt rests
with the governmental entity bringing the charge; specifying that a person may not be compelled to be a witness
against himself or herself in any hearing of a noncriminal traffic infraction; requiring that evidence obtained from
such device must be authenticated in court by certain persons who must appear in person and offer direct testimo-
ny and account in writing for any evidence used; providing that a person receiving a notice of violation involving
such device has the option of paying a fine or requesting a hearing without further issuance of a traffic citation and
may not be charged a surcharge for requesting the hearing, etc.
SB854 Teenage Drivers Sen. Evers
Providing for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to electronically notify a parent or guardian
when certain events are added to the driving record of a minor licensed to drive; providing for discontinuance of
the notifications; providing for forms; providing for a fee, etc.
SB930 Motor Vehicles Sen. Altman
Citing this act as the "Minor Traffic Safety Act"; prohibiting a person younger than 18 years of age from operating a
motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device or telephone; providing for a voluntary check-off on
motor vehicle registration forms to make a contribution to the Auto Club South Traffic Safety Foundation; providing
for a voluntary check-off on the driver license application forms to make a contribution to the Auto Club South Traf-
fic Safety Foundation; restricting the number of passengers under the age of 18 permitted in a vehicle operated by a
person under the age of 18 unless accompanied by a driver at least 21 years of age
SB1122 Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Sen. Latvala
THIS is the bill which might see many things tacked on to it
Renaming the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance within the Division of the Florida Highway Patrol as the “Office
of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement”; prohibiting the operation of swamp buggies on a public road, highway, or
street; requiring that the application for a certificate of title, corrected certificate, or assignment or reassignment be
filed after the consummation of the sale of a mobile home; requiring that the department establish and administer an
electronic titling program; requiring that the department develop a bid process for legislatively authorized voluntary
contribution organizations to be listed on the renewal notices for vehicle registrations, vessel registrations, and driver
licenses; authorizing the department to issue a specialty driver license or identification card to qualified applicants;
revising provisions relating to license fees, etc.
H.R. 904 is a bill that would prohibit future funding of mandatory motorcycle-only roadside check-
points. Virginia, New York, Georgia, Utah and Maine have conducted these controversial roadblocks.
Rep. Allen West (FL-22) has signed on.
H. Res. 239 is a resolution that supports the NHTSA lobby ban and asks the agency to focus on crash
prevention rather than injury reduction when addressing motorcycle safety. 17 co-sponsors.
H.R. 748 is a bill would prohibit the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) from authorizing the use of gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol in certain ve-
Sponsored by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). 10 Co-sponsors, Rep Dennis Ross (FL-12)
has signed on.
H.R.1449 Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act of 2011 43 co-sponsors
Sponsored by Rep. Edolphus Towns (NY-10) Requires the manufacturer of a motor vehicle sold,
leased, or otherwise introduced into U.S. commerce to: (1) provide to the vehicle owner and ser-
vice providers all information necessary to diagnose, service, maintain, or repair the vehicle; (2)
offer for sale to the vehicle owner and service providers any related tool or equipment; and (3)
provide the information that enables aftermarket tool companies to manufacture tools with the
same functional characteristics. Exempts trade secrets, so long as the information is not disclosed
to authorized dealers or service providers. Rep. Mica had expressed concerns with previous ver-
sions of this bill because of international trade agreements. Independent car repair shops will be a
thing of the past without this bill
Contact your US House of Representative (Mica, Brown or Adams) and ask that they sign on to
these bills and resolutions.
Send an email; use http://www.house.gov to navigate to send an email to your US Representative
Write a letter to the local office. Here is something from Darrin Brooks:
“Fear makes the wolf bigger than it is.” ~ German Proverb.
To many of us, there is a fear of taking that first step of reaching out to our legislators. After all they are important peo ple
with fancy suits, going to meetings, and have the gift of gab (as my father would say). Furthermore, we are just common eve -
ryday people wearing jeans and a t-shirt (that we would gladly give to a brother or sister in need). Our speech at times may be
crude, but our word is our word, and you can still take that to the bank. Do not be worried that you will say the wrong thin g,
have less than perfect grammar, or show up at their office in dirty jeans because you had to fix your ride that morning. They
will understand, their office
staff will understand and will always be professional and courteous. If they do have a problem
with our appearance, words, or just that we are bikers... well then, let's VOTE THEM OUT!!
I have developed a powerful respect for those “Old-timers” and the fight they endured to help preserve
the rights that we cherish or for some take for granted. I have a confession to make, the first year I was a member
of ABATE, I came to the monthly Chapter meetings and sat in the back of the room. I heard the Legislative trus-
tee and the State Delegates talk about a call to action, the need for us to write, e-mail, or call our legislators. I had
every intention of embracing their call to action, but instead I only managed to embrace inaction. I had every
good intention to act, but life happens and I let those calls for help go unanswered. --- My daughter would have
called me a poser or a wannabe. Then one day all those “good intentions” that I had cluttering up my insides
caught fire, just like kindling when a hot ember settles on it. From that fire burst a legislative warrior ready to
take his place next to his Brothers and Sisters as a part of ABATE’s continuing mission for motorcycle rights.
I know that there are others out there that have the same “good intentions” that I had, but they do not
know how to take that first step. Well, the long winded point of this article is to nudge you into taking that first
step. Now is the perfect time to reach out for your first time. All it takes is a very brief e-mail that says something
E-mail them with ease.
What is easier than e-mail? It is quick, free, and available 24 hour a day. First you need to get their e-mail ad-
dress. If it is not in your Chapter newsletter just Google them and you will get it.
Second, keep it simple,
Dear Rep. Hudson,
I would like you to support HB 21. Thank you, Darrin “Scribe” Brooks, Gator Alley Chapter of ABATE of Flor
Third, tell them your name, Chapter name and ABATE of Florida. They may not recognize your name at this
point, but they should recognize your Chapter name, and the will recognize ABATE of Florida’s name.
Phone it in...
Want to try a more personal approach, but only have three minutes? Pick up your phone and call your
legislator's district office. One of the legislative aides will answer and you need to tell them your name and that
you are with your local Chapter of ABATE of Florida. Ask to speak with the Legislator, but do not be disap-
pointed if they are not available. Remember that our best allies are the Legislative Aides, build a friendly rela-
tionship with them because they can help you very much. Briefly tell the Aide way you are calling and then ask
them if they are familiar with your local Chapter and ABATE? If they are not, give a 30 second plug. It can go
something like this...
“Hello, this is Darrin Brooks with Gator Alley Chapter of ABATE of Florida, Is Senator Richter available?”...
(No, but would you like to leave a message?) “Yes, Please ask him vote NO on SB 312. Because we feel it will
infringe upon the rights of motorcyclist. By the way are you familiar with Gator Alley and ABATE? (Yes, we
are.) “Great, thank you for your time, Goodbye.”
Most office keep track of their constituents support or opposition on current Bills. The aide will also pass your
request on to the Legislator.
When you care enough to send the very best... Go in person!
Do you really want to make an impression? Go visit them in person, they don’t bite... trust me! If you
are able to make an appointment, congratulations! Arrive a few minutes early, introduce yourself to the legisla-
tive aides. I always ask to take one of their cards so that I always have their contact information for the future.
When you meet the Legislator be aware of their tight schedule and be to the point. If you can, take a talking
points paper that you can leave with them. When you are done, always invite them to come and speak at a Chap-
ter meeting. If you have Chapter business cards hand them out to the everyone. I usually follow the visit up with
a “thank you” e-mail the next day.If you find yourself in the neighborhood of the office and have a few minutes,
feel free to drop by and just say hello to the legislative aides. Introduce yourself again, telling them who you are
with, and that you appreciate all that they do. Be brief and friendly, before long they will know who you are and
that your voice represents many others.
***************************Write Your Legislators************************11/2011
US Capitol Bill web site http://thomas.loc.gov Governor Rick Scott
Florida Web sites http://www.myflorida.com The Capitol, 400 Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Bill Nelson Marco Rubio
225 E. Robinson St. 716 Hart Bldg. B40A Dirksen Bldg.201 South Orange Ave.
Washington, DC Washington, DC Suite 350
Orlando, FL 32801 20510 20510 Orlando, FL
1-888-671-4091 202 224-5274 202 224-3041 1-866-630-7106
FAX 407 872-7165 FAX 202 228-2183 FAX 202 224-3041
US House**Send letters to the district office*********************************
District3 District 24 District 7
Corrine Brown Sandy Adams John Mica
101 E. Union St. 1000 City Center Cir. 840 Deltona Blvd 770 W Granada Blvd
Suite 202 Suite G Suite 315
Jacksonville, FL Port Orange, FL Deltona, FL Ormond Beach, FL
32202 32129 32725 32174-5180
904 354-1652 386 756-9798 386 860-1499 386 676-7750
FAX 904 354-2721 FAX 386 756-9903 FAX 386 860-5730 FAX 386 676-7748
2336 Rayburn Bldg. 216 Cannon Bldg. 2187 Rayburn Bldg.
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
20515 20515 20515
202 225-0123 303 225-2706 202 225-4035
FAX 202 225-2256 FAX 202 226-6299 FAX 202 226-0821
http://www.house.gov Use this website to navigate to send an email
District 7 District 8 District1
Evelyn Lynn John Thrasher Aubrey Gipson
Suite 101 Suite 108 Suite 104
536 N Halifax Ave 9485 Regency Sq. Blvd. 101 E. Union Street
Daytona Beach, FL Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville, FL
32118 32225-1845 32209-2146
386 238-3180 904 727-3600 904 924-1646
FAX 238-3179 FAX 904 737-3603 FAX 904 924-1648
416 Senate Office 400 Senate Office 226 Senate Office
Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
32399-1100 32399-1100 32399-1100
850 487-5033 850 487-5030 850 487-5024
FAX 850 487-5368 email@example.com
District 27 District 26 District 28
Dwayne Taylor Fred Costello Dorothy Hukill
Suite 103 Room 206
1020 West International Deland City Hall Suite 1-A
International. 120 South Florida Avenue 1402 Dunlawton Ave
Daytona Beach, FL Deland, FL Port Orange, FL
32114-4773 32720-5422 32127-2918
386 239-6202 386 736-5100 386 322-5111
1302 Capitol Bldg. 1101 Capitol Bldg. 204 House Bldg.
Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300 32399-1300 32399-1300
850 488-0580 850 488-9873 850 488-6653
Go thru the www.myflorida.com and use Representative’s homepage
contact by email
Membership Report December—3 new members,Jeffery qualls, James Hatgidek and
Robin Foss—1 life-Jim Lemkow and 7 yearly renewels.. Thanks to all of you...
Expiring members for Dec...Carl Root, Sue Waddell, Cliff Waddell ,Chuck Kennedy,
Dave Hart, Roy McAllister, Jeff Donna ,Rich Lemke and James Zikuda....
Jan renewels Donna Hoffman, Nancy Alderman, Ed Pagels, Larry and Donna Caves,
Dave Herbein, Jack Lascola and Gary Patrick..
Feb renewels David Amorose, Bruce Nessler, Cochise chops, Charles Cobb, Lee
Mitchell, Jeff Gibson ,Julie Mayer, Mark Leatherman, and Bob Plugge.
Have a great new year and we will see you on the 5th …
JACK AND GARY
DOUG THE ELF
DAYTONA BEACH CHAPTER
ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. PRODUCTS
Terri Ryals :Products Trustee
Products available at Iron Horse Saloon
1068 North US 1
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Velcro Can Wraps………………………………………………………….….$4.00
Chapter Short Sleeve T-Shirt (Black or Gray)………………….Size: S-XL $12.00
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Ladies Tank Top (Black or Gray)……………………..………...Size M-XL $12.00
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♦ If you want to order anything, please email Terri Ryals at
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