It is with a heavy heart that we lost two great ABATE 17 Freedom Fighters Monday.
Tom Watson and Frank Guzzo are now riding in Heaven. Tom Watson was a member for 16 years and Frank for 18 years. They are dearly missed. Both Frank and Tom were intrumental in my training and advisement on becoming involved with ABATE and ultimately becoming the President for the last three years.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Tom in Dunnigan at the Fire Station from 2 to 6 on Saturday, November 15th. Located at 29145 Main St. Dunnigan , CA. Food will be provided. For those that can, we will meet at Judy's at 12:30PM.
Reminders - Voting for our ABATE 17 Board members this upcoming meeting on November 16th
Come get your Holiday party tickets for Dec. 6th at the Moose at our meeting also.
ABATE (American Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education)
ABATE of California accomplishments
ABATE supported the establishment and the expansion of the award-winning California Motorcycle Safety program and holds a permanent sear on the advisory committee.
ABATE assisted in the defeat of a proposed federal ban on sport bikes.
ABATE has been a driving force in promoting "May as Motorcycle Awareness Month" not only at the state level but also in local cities and communities.
ABATE's political action arm, ABATEPAC, has trained and organized campaign volunteers to assist in the campaigns of candidates supportive of motorcyclists rights, which has raised the visibility and credibility of California motorcyclists with local, state and federal politicians.
ABATE locals are involved with fundraising endeavors for charities and those in need. Tons of food and truckloads of toys are donated each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, working in partnership with community charity organizations.
ABATE helped to open High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to motorcycles.
ABATE successfully challenged the San Diego Police department over enforcement of the helmet law in Federal court.(case
# 93-0807-J (CM) May 25, 1995 filed)
ABATE was instrumental in Purple Heart Motorcycle license plate approval.
ABATE joined other MROs to lobby the insurance industry, putting an end to their "Superbike Blacklist" of high performance bikes that they refused to insure.
ABATE helped defeat two separate bills to outlaw "Lane-splitting"
ABATE worked alongside virtually every national and state motorcycle rights organization and lobbied Congress aggressively to successfully repeal federal highway funding penalties against states without helmet laws.
ABATE supported the passage of HR 3103 in 1996 which prohibits discrimination against motorcyclists in health care availability and affordability.
ABATE was the driving force that prevented helmet law violations from being assessed against the driver's license as a moving violation.
ABATE worked on the passage of AB1515 and SB2084 - Veteran's License Plates for motorcycles.
ABATE was instrumental in the passage of the motorcycle handlebar height modification bill AB2844
ABATE lobbied aggressively to increase the penalties on ROW violations SB1021
.....and there are more that have been done, and there is more to be done....please help us, help all motorcyclists by joining ABATE.