By Brandy Perdue
MICHIGAN – Spring is here!
Or is it? To many of Michiganders who are motorcyclists it time to
start riding again.
Thousands of motorcyclists
are going to be hitting the streets; hopefully not literally hitting
the streets. Car drivers need to do their part and, “Look
Twice to SAVE a Life- Motorcycles are Everywhere.”
ABATE of Michigan urges
car drivers turning left not to attempt to judge the speed of
oncoming motorcyclists. Many car/motorcycle accidents occur in
intersections. Motorcyclists need to have a cycle endorsement and
ride to survive, according to State Police 2018 records, which show
an increase in unendorsed motorcyclists fatalities. Unendorsed
motorcyclists are 15-20 percent of the motorcyclist’s population,
and in 2018 they accounted for over 50 percent of the fatalities.
Michigan motorcyclists pay
for motorcycle safety training. $5 of every motorcycle plate fee
goes to the Michigan Motorcycle Safety Fund. ABATE of Michigan
President, Mr. Vince Consiglio, states “Michigan has a shortage of
qualified Motorcycle Safety Instructors. Experienced Skilled
Motorcyclists, with communication skills, are needed. Beginning
motorcycle safety classes, Endorsement classes, and Coach Training
classes registration is now available.” Call Eric at 269-435-2058
for a Coach Training Application.
Most drivers are allowed a
choice in coverage amounts in their auto insurance. Come July 1st,
with Senate Bill 1, according to ABATE Legislative Officer Jim
Rhoades, “Auto Drivers, Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Snowmobilers, and
ATVers will all have a choice on their medical coverage, but
motorcyclists hit by car drivers will be stuck with the car drivers
choice for medical coverage.”
Out of State motorcyclists
will go to their choice in medical coverage. Only Michigan
motorcyclists will be stuck with the car driver’s choice for
medical coverage. ABATE will continue to work with the Michigan
Legislature to correct this bizarre situation, but time is running
out as SB 1 takes effect July 1, 2020. ABATE of Michigan urges all
motorcyclists to contact their state representative, state senator,
and the governor.
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