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What Has the CBA/ABATE Done For You Lately?


CBA/ABATE of NC maintains a constant presence in the General Assembly (1) to protect bikers from the politicians and bureaucrats who try to impose well meant but ill-advised, unnecessary new restrictions on people who ride motorcycles and (2) to advance the interests of the motorcycling public through the introduction of legislation and participation in the legislative process.


Recent Accomplishments:


  • Right-of-Way Protection for Motorcyclists: CBA/ABATE of NC racked up a major victory in the 2011 Session with the enactment of  House Bill 113 (SL2011-361), a bill that significantly increases the penalties for crowding a motorcyclist out of his/her lane or causing injury to the motorcyclist.  This bill was introduced at the request of and was actively supported by CBA/ABATE.

  • No More Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints: CBA/ABATE scored another major victory with the enactment of House Bill 381 (SL2011-216), legislation that prevents law enforcement agencies from establishing patterns for vehicle stops at checking stations based on a particular type of vehicle.  This bill was actively supported by CBA/ABATE of NC and is a major victory in the battle to protect motorcyclists from discriminatory profiling by law enforcement agencies. 

  • More Protection from Drunk Drivers: CBA/ABATE successfully  supported the enactment of two bills that provide motorcyclists with more protection against drunk drivers.  Senate Bill 16, enacted as SL2011-16, expanding the authority of law enforcement officers to acquire blood samples any person criminally charged in any case involving death by vehicle that is alcohol related.  The second bill - House Bill 49, enacted as SL2011-191 -  mandates active jail time for DWI offenders with three or more grossly aggravating factors and provides for enhanced monetary penalties and permanent revocation of the convicted person's drivers license.

  • Expansion of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Training -  At the request of CBA/ABATE of NC, House Bill 200, enacted as SL2011-145, included a provision that requires drivers education instruction to include at least one hour of motorcycle safety awareness.  

  • Helmet Exemption for ATV Users: CBA/ABATE of NC successfully supported H 407, enacted as SL2011-68 - providing that persons who are 18 years of age or older operating an ATV off a public street or highway and those who are at least 16 years of age operating an ATV on the beach need not wear a helmet meeting USDOT motorcycle helmet standards. 

  • Enhanced Motorcycle Awareness - CBA/ABATE successfully supported the use of DOT electronic message signs (Amber Alert) to deliver motorcycle awareness messages.

In the Crosshairs: 
  • Freedom of Choice - Exempt motorcycle operators and passengers 18 years of age or older from North Carolina's mandatory helmet law.  CBA/ABATE of NC will aggressively pursue enactment of a bill every legislative session until one is passed.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month - Fully 72 percent of motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina involving an automobile and a motorcycle are the fault of the automobile drivers.  Legislation authored and actively supported by CBA/ABATE of NC designating the month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month has passed the House without opposition in previous years.  CBA/ABATE of NC will seek enactment of the legislation each year.

  • Continued Funding for Drivers Education: Drivers education is critical to ensuring the safety of young drivers and of the motoring public.  NC CBA/ABATE works with drivers education providers to ensure that new drivers are more defensive and aware of other traffic on the road.  CBA/ABATE of NC will actively support continued and increased funding for the State’s driver education program.

On the Horizon:
  • SUPPORT Uniform Apportionment of Tort Liability - Under the common law theory of contributory negligence, if two people are in an accident, the injured person can only recover for his/her injuries and damages if they did not contribute to the accident in any way.  North Carolina is one of just four states where the pure contributory negligence system is still used.   In the comparative negligence system in place in 46 states, the injured party may recover some of his or her damages even if he or she was partially to blame for causing the accident.  Contributory negligence is outdated and unfair and should be replaced with uniform apportionment of tort responsibility.  CBA/ABATE will actively support legislation making tort liability fair.

  • SUPPORT  legislation prohibiting discrimination against motorcyclists in all business and recreational establishments in NC.

  • OPPOSE anti-gang legislation that targets motorcyclists.

  • OPPOSE legislation targeting motorcycle noise emissions.

  • OPPOSE any other legislation adverse to motorcyclists.


 Administrative Goals:

  • SUPPORT making highway barriers more motorcyclist-friendly

  • INCREASE the number of voter registrations in the motorcycling community


These are but a few examples of what CBA/ABATE of NC is doing to protect your right to ride a motorcycle safely and in the manner you choose. You owe it to CBA/ABATE to help it achieve its goals. Join CBA/ABATE now!



10 Ways to be Safer on a Motorcycyle

May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month


10 Ways to Be Safer on a Motorcycle

(Forwarded by C. Boone, CBA/ABATE of NC)

1.) Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle
are totally invisible to motorists. That means you must never assume that
drivers can see you. The odds are, they can't so believe it yourself and
always have an "out" for dangerous traffic situations. Motorcycle Safety
depends on you.

2.) Maintain Safe Spacing: Leave plenty of space in front and back and to
the sides from all other vehicles. Be an island. Stay away from traffic as
much as possible. This gives you more visibility and more time to react to

3.) Anticipate Trouble: Anticipate trouble situations and know what to do
when you see them. Analyze what vehicles are doing and try to predict the
outcome. Then make sure you're ready to avoid a bad traffic situation.

4.) Beware of Oncoming Left Turners: Beware of oncoming motorists turning
left in front of you at intersections. This is the leading cause of death of
motorcycle riders. I'm deadly serious here. I have personally lost many
friends to this accident. If you only remember one tip here, let it be this
one. Slow down before you enter an intersection. Have an escape route
planned. Stay visible. Don't travel too close to cars in front of you.
Position your bike so it can be seen by the left turner. Eye contact is not

5.) Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your friends who may be
more experienced. Know your personal limits. Ride your own ride.

6.) Watch Out for Curves: Beware of taking curves that you can't see around.
A parked truck or a patch of sand may be awaiting you.

7.) Don't Give In to Road Rage: Do not give in to road rage and try to "get
even" with another rider or motorist. If you follow these tips, most likely
you won't fall victim to road rage. It's better to calm down, slow down, and
collect your thoughts first. Then continue on and enjoy the ride. That's
what we're all out there for in the first place.

8.) Don't allow Tailgating: If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to
open more space or pull over and let them pass. Life is too short. Remember
that a bike can stop faster than a car so you don't want a truck on your
tail when you find yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also,
don't tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see you.

9.) Don't Be Blinded by Sunglare: Beware of riding your motorcycle into sun
glare. All it takes is turning a corner and finding the sun either directly
in your face or passing straight through your windshield. Some helmets have
shields to block the sun. Face shields help somewhat. But sometimes you just
find yourself blinded by the light. Slow down, pull over, shield your eyes
and look for a way to change direction.

10.) Avoid Riding at Night: Avoid riding at night, especially late Saturday
night and early Sunday when drunken drivers may be on the road. It goes
without saying that you shouldn't drink and ride. Going bar hopping? Leave
the bike at home and find a designated driver.



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