Hoo-Doo Hippies Chapter

May 2019

First of all, if you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible. $25 is all it costs. As a State Motorcycle Rights Organization we are your voice. Your membership buys you representation for bikers on a local, state and federal level. Our power when we’re advocating to legislators comes from members, and the more members the better. Numbers are power in the legislature. This coming year, there will be a more focused effort to enact a distracted driver bill, as well as an anti-profiling bill. I know first-hand what it’s like to be profiled as a biker. There are protections for other groups and there should be for us as well. Distracted driving has become very prevalent, and there should be meaningful penalties and consequences if we are on the receiving end of those actions.

On the Federal level, there has been action on seeking clarification of the definition of a motorcycle. There are three-wheeled vehicles now that resemble automobiles more than motorcycles. The confusion has resulted in a patchwork of rules and regulations regarding licensing, registration and insurance. Accident statistics are also distorted.

There is a lot of runs and motorcycle related events on the calendar in our area, most to benefit an organization or group. Go out and ride with them and support their cause. They need the help, you’ll have a good time, and you’ll also help spread ABATE goodwill as well!

ABATE of WA and ABATE of N Idaho will have a booth at the “Run Whatcha’ Brung” drag races at Oldtown, ID on July 6th. If you’ve never been, it’s a blast!

Of course, our 2019 Rendezvous and Craft Fair is coming up quick, May 31 and June 1 at Charlie’s Acres. I’m really looking forward to it. Lets all come and have some fun! Our next Hoo-Doo meeting will be there.

Remember, keep the shiny side up, dirty side down!

Tim Closson

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