*Andy Goldfine Elected to AMA Board of Directors
*California Helmet Bill Amended, Organ-Donor Provisions Out
*AMA Reacts to Janklow Sentence
*Leave Your Electric Vest at Home
*MMM Wants YOU to Write Your Elected Officials
*MMM Staffer Feared Near Death
By Gus Breiland
Andy Goldfine Elected to AMA Board of Directors
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Andy Goldfine of Aerostich/Riderwearhouse Catalog in Duluth, Minnesota, has been elected to serve as a corporate member of the AMA Board of Directors. Goldfine was elected during the annual Corporate Member meeting, held on Saturday, February 14, in Indianapolis. He fills the seat previously held by Mike Buckley of Dunlop Tire Corporation, who stepped down from his position on the AMA Board after six years of service.
The AMA Board of Directors consists of 12 members. Six individual Directors are elected by the general membership in their respective regions and serve three-year terms. Six corporate Directors are elected by the corporate membership and serve two-year terms. The AMA Board of Directors meets four times a year.
MMM would like to congratulate Mr. Goldfine (or Gandhi Oldfine as he is know as in Northern California). Andy’s continued effort to give us quality motorcycling gear allows us to travel on our preferred form of transportation with greater comfort and ease. We believe he will represent motorcyclists well and are happy to see him elected to this position.
California Helmet Bill Amended, Organ-Donor Provisions Out
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has learned that a proposed law in California that could have forced some motorcyclists to become organ donors against their wishes has been amended, and will be reconsidered without the organ-donation provisions.
The amended Assembly Bill 1200 proposes allowing adults 18 and older to decide whether to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. The organ-donation provisions, which had outraged the AMA and motorcyclists nationwide, stated that those who chose not to wear a helmet are “deemed to have consented to the making of an anatomical gift under this act.”
The AMA worked directly with Assemblyman John Longville (D-San Bernardino) to remove all of the organ-donation provisions from AB-1200, which was granted reconsideration and has been referred again to the Assembly Transportation Committee.
“The AMA applauds Assemblyman Longville for his support of voluntary helmet use, and for responding to our concerns about compulsory organ donation,” said AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris. “We encourage California motorcyclists to support the amended AB-1200.”
To express support for the bill via e-mail, go to www.AMADirectlink.com and click on “State,” under “Rights.”
AMA Reacts to Janklow Sentence
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports that former U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow (R-SD), who was convicted December 8, 2003, of second-degree manslaughter and three other counts related to a traffic crash that claimed the life of a Minnesota motorcyclist, was sentenced today to 100 days in the Minnehaha County Jail. Janklow will not have to spend time in the South Dakota State Penitentiary, and he could be eligible for a work-release program after 30 days in jail.
On Saturday, August 16, motorcyclist Randolph Scott of Hardwick, Minnesota, was killed in a collision with a car driven by Janklow. The fatal crash took place at the intersection of two county roads in eastern South Dakota. Reports released by investigators indicated that Janklow’s car, traveling at speeds estimated at more that 70 mph, did not stop at the stop sign and continued into the path of the motorcycle, giving the rider no chance to avoid the fatal collision.
Janklow’s resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives took effect on January 20, 2004.
“The AMA is extremely disappointed with this sentence,” said Edward Moreland, AMA Vice President for Government Relations. “This South Dakota court has handed down a judicial insult to motorcyclists nationwide, and to the memory of Randolph Scott, the motorcyclist who paid the price for Mr. Janklow’s criminal conduct.”
According to a recent Associated Press review of South Dakota court records dating back to 1989, 80 percent of those convicted of second-degree manslaughter have been sent to jail or prison. Average jail time was six months, and the average prison term was almost seven years.
In the days following the accident, the AMA called on motorcyclists nationwide to contact South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds and Attorney General Larry Long, urging them to seek justice in the case. Using AMA Rapid Response, motorcyclists and other concerned citizens can send e-mail messages directly to South Dakota officials. AMA Rapid Response, which allows users to contact lawmakers, government officials and the media with the click of a button, is available on the Association’s website, AMADirectlink.com.
The AMA notes that tragic crashes like the one involving Janklow, in which a car or other vehicle violates the right of way of a motorcycle, are all too common on the nation’s highways. The most comprehensive study ever conducted into motorcycle accidents found that nearly 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, and that in almost two-thirds of those crashes, the cause could be traced to the other vehicle violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
For more than a year, the AMA has been involved in a campaign called Motorcyclists Matter that focuses attention on the dangers faced by motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, as a result of drivers who violate their right-of-way. The Association is also campaigning in Washington, D.C., for funding for a new study into the causes of motorcycle accidents — the first in more than two decades.
Leave Your Electric Vest at Home – Plane Lands Safely Following Terror Scare
January 6, 2004 – MMM wasn’t sure if we should call this woman a bit dim or shake our heads over the paranoia that has wrapped itself around our nations transportation system since September 11th, 2000. This story should cause you to reconsider using your electric gear as casual travel apparel.
Fighter jets escorted a flight from France part of the way into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Tuesday afternoon. The two F-16 fighter jets were called off before Delta flight 043 landed.
According to reports, a woman was removed from the flight before it took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport because she had a coat with wires protruding from it. The coat turned out to be an electric motorcycle jacket and the woman was booked onto a later flight. Officials were notified after the woman was removed “out of an abundance of caution,” a U.S. official said.
MMM Wants YOU to Write Your Elected Officials
We have all seen the stories over the past few years of motorcyclist being killed with little or no justice being enforced for causing a death. Most recently we have been reading about US Representative Bill Janklow killing motorcyclist Randolph Scott last year. Not only did he receive what some would call a light sentence of 100 days in a County Jail; he will be eligible for work release after 30 days. Janklow, on the witness stand, admitted to driving over the speed limit at times and has failed to stop at stop signs on occasion.
Other instances that stand out include the 2002 death of a motorcyclist on a California highway where the driver of a pickup slammed into Gary Michael Kunich, killing him. The pickup driver’s lawyer was quoted in an AMA article as saying “It’s a tragic traffic accident” but “it’s a risk that motorcyclists take.”
One final reference was the 2000 case of the late Senator Carl Koella from Tennessee getting a stretch of Interstate 140 renamed in his honor. Interstate 140 is near County 321, the road where Senator Koella was involved in the hit and run accident that killed motorcyclist Terry Barnard in 1996. Later, Senator Koella pleaded no contest to leaving the scene of an accident.
We at MMM have a homework assignment for you this year. We want you to write a letter to your elected officials and explain to them, in your own words, that motorcyclists are part of the transportation system in the United States. We pay for the right to use our interstate, county and local roads through the same sales, fuel, and license taxes as any other vehicle on the road and trivializing the deaths of motorcyclists because it is “a risk motorcyclists take” is not acceptable.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has also asked that you “take constructive action to help prevent similar injustices from happening in the future.” Edward Moreland, Vice President of the AMA Government Relations stated “The sentence imposed on Mr. Janklow is an affront to all motorcyclists, and it’s time to act. But protests and symbolic gestures aren’t enough&emdash;we need to take the kind of action, nationally and locally, that changes the way the justice system sentences drivers who kill motorcyclists.”
Links to your elected officials are as follows:
US House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/MemStateSearch.html
Minnesota House of Representatives: http://ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/housemembers.asp
Minnesota Senate http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/alphalist.shtml
MMM Staffer Feared Near Death
Maple Grove, MN. It is with great sadness that we at MMM announce that long time MMM editor and known VW trike aficionado, Sev Pearman, has turned 40 years of age this past month. With his youth having slipped away Sev has resigned himself to a life of a clear liquid diet and Depends waiting for the inevitable. He has already selected his booth at Denny’s and has begun constantly complaining about the goverment. The matching satin jackets and Goldwing trike have been ordered. Next stop Polyestercade.
Sev, pictured to the right testing a possible alternative to his ST1100, was a quiet man known for his love of chrome, tattoos and all things chopper. My favorite memory of Sev is his uncanny ability to imitate Colombo when looking for his wallet at business lunches. His Barney Fife style of management and editorial decision making will be missed but with his demise imminent, who knows what the future may hold for MMM.
Friends gathered in tribute of their aged brother in the wind where Sev dispensed some of the wisdom of his countless years on this earth. He told one young rider, “Remember Billy, Loud pipes do save lives.” He then recounted a tale of running from some revenuers that had discovered his still, “And there I was, nothin’ I could do, so I had to lay ‘er down.” Then recounted how he had Kenny Roberts in his MSF class and taught him everything he knows.
Happy birthday Sev from all of the readers and writers of MMM.