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Published: Friday, September 26, 2008 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 26, 2008 at 7:52 a.m.BARTOW - Members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit will visit local motorcycle events such as "Bike Nights" and organized motorcycle charity rides over the next two weeks to distribute information pamphlets, kickstand pucks and other safety-related equipment to help promote motorcycle safety and educate the public.
Ummm, how does this work. Many motorcyclists have taken the all important but never proven Basic Rider course certified by the MSF but again, proven by no one. Why do they need educatin? Does there happen to be a heap of publics at bike nights that can be educated about motorcycle awareness.
Either/or I think my ass might ride down to Polk County to get a kickstand safety puck.
The events come after the Sheriff's Office was awarded grant money from the Florida Department of Transportation to help promote motorcycle safety and education due to the rise in motorcycle crashes and fatalities countywide.See like this is money that ABATE of Florida should have got. So lets all ask the question at the same time, anybody know why ABATE of Florida did not get this grant? Were there money problems? Was they not complying? Did the legislative warriors turned the guardians of safety forget to fill out the paperwork?
In 2006, Polk County was ranked eighth out of the 67 counties in the state for the number of motorcycle-related traffic fatalities.
Polk County had 263 crashes involving injuries and another 21 that resulted in a fatality to either the operator or the passenger of the motorcycle, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The number of motorcycle-related fatalities also increased from six in 2002 to 21 in 2006.
Further research shows that since 2002, the number of motorcycle related crashes statewide has increased by at least 100 per year.
Uniformed deputies and PCSO motorcycles displaying the added safety features paid for by the grant will be on display at the below-listed events, and the deputies will be on-hand to answer questions motorcyclists have about the rules of motorcycle safety.
NOW SEE! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SIT ON YOUR ASS! THE POLICE TAKE YOUR MONEY AND BUY SPEED GUNS WITH WHICH TO POP YOUR ASS. THANK YOU ABATE of Florida.
Additionally, the grant allowed the deputies to buy 10 laser speed-measuring devices.
Deputies will also be giving out 70 DOT-approved helmets free of charge to those who cannot afford them and who are riding motorcycles without one, until the helmets run out.
Over the next week, deputies will be in the following places:
Traffic deputies will also be on hand at future events to be announced.
- Two organized rides Saturday, all day
- Beef o' Brady's in North Lakeland, Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Beef o' Brady's in Bartow, Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m.
I went to the ABATE of Florida Website and clicked on "Safety Programs" and found no ABATE safety programs.
Under commitment to safety I see:
"Abate of Florida, Inc. has held four workshops on Motorcycle Safety and has a fifth planned for May of 2008. At these seminars experts from all over the country speak on Motorcycle Safety.
Presentations were given on Two Trauma 1st Responder, Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program, being properly insured, from the Eyes of the Law, and much more"
Since their are no links in the above paragraph I clicked on the calendar for May and found two parties listed. NO safety seminar. I did search the Calendar and did find a safety seminar flyer for April. There was no mention of safety experts from any part of the country. There were lots of jam up parties listed throughout the year however so Party animals so need to apply. In fact I did a heap of clickin and mostly what I found pertaining to safety were links to somewhere else.
So I went to the ABATE of POLK County chapter website. Nope no news there.
They skip 2007 and mention re 2006:
In 2006, ABATE of Florida, Inc., in cooperation with the Florida Department of Highways increased their efforts in motorcycle awareness with items such as billboards, public service announcements, posters, an additional Motorcycle Awareness video and various other items.
said other items being, ink pens, eyeglass fix it kits, something some of us couldn't figure out, air fresheners, tote bags and other funky stuff with no mention of safety but printed real pretty in big letter "ABATE of Florida"
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