playing with politicians and and going against what the SMRO (State Motorcycle Rights Organization)membership voted that he advocate for last legislative session, which was a total ban on cell phone use. The MRO president/lobbyist apparently felt it more politically viable to support an amendment that would exempt hand free devices(despite the cost in "biker lives" such a position would cost). Which will of course go a long ways to the relatively "new" stated goal of "improving the public image of the biker"
I'm not sure which SMRO, I believe ABATE of Florida bill's itself as the only SMRO in the state.
The courts will take care of the matter: In Florida, a jury awarded a plaintiff nearly $21 million against a lumber company, whose employee was making a sales call on his cell phone when he hit a car, severely injuring a passenger. The company settled the case for more than $16 million.
So while legislators and MRO presidents/lobbyists play bedfellows we will once again have to rely on individuals and the court system to get the job done (oh you didn't know, although the state MRO takes credit for the repal, actually it wasn't a repeal but a modification, of the helmet law it was actually an individual, Chico vs. Florida ,ABATE wasn't very supportive of his efforts, who beat the helmet law in court. ABATE only jumped in when it looked good for them)!
History is wonderful ain't it??? Hey but what the hell, at least the SMRO is improving our public image (like who cares about a few lives lost here and there). I just can't figure out why the membership allows it.Add to Technorati Favorites