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The Spanish distributor for the movie ‘Larry Crowne’ was fined for a poster showing stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
Tripictures was given a traffic fine of 30,000 euros ($41,500) for using the films U.S. poster to promote the movies overseas premiere because the government claimed it promoted reckless driving.
The distributor initially thought the ticket was a joke, but in 1985 Spain instituted a law that banned advertisements from promoting reckless driving. Fines are also given to celebrities if they promote the image of poor driving. One example came last year, when singer Shakira drove through Barcelona on a motorcycle without a helmet in one of her music videos.
By a certificate of proclamation, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed May 2011 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” to remind motorists of the seasonal return of motorcycle enthusiasts to Michigan roadways. The event is supported by a legislative resolution and is being promoted by state departments and motorcycle rider groups concerned with highway safety.
The awareness campaign seeks a broader recognition of motorcycles in the transportation mix and strives to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths on state roadways. The target audience incorporates vehicle drivers and motorcycle operators. The principal concerns are to increase driver recognition of motorcyclists in traffic, while encouraging motorcyclists to participate in Motorcycle Safety Foundation training available through the Michigan Department of State.
As highway safety supporters, motorcyclists ask that motorists get in the habit of looking for motorcycles as they drive, both during the safety awareness month and throughout the riding season. We are your neighbors, friends and families. Together we can share the road safely.
As the Biker was pulled over (for no apparent reason) he produces his license, registration and CPL permit, handing all three to the cop.
“Okay, Mr. Smith,” the cop said, “I see your CPL permit. Are you carrying today?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Well then, better tell me what you got.”
Smith said, “Well, I got a .357 revolver in my inside my vest pocket. There’s a 9 mm semi-auto in my leather shoulder holster. Oh and, I’ve got a .22 magnum derringer in my right boot.”
“Okay,” the cop said. “Anything else?”
There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on a motorcycle is like being beaten with cold hammers while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. The wind’s big hands squeeze the heat out of my body and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the drops don’t even feel like water. They feel like shards of bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I expect to arrive with my cheeks and forehead streaked with blood, but that’s just an illusion, just the misery of nerves not designed for highway speeds.
Despite this, it’s hard to give up my motorcycle in the fall and I rush to get it on the road again in the spring; lapses of sanity like this are common among motorcyclists. When you let a motorcycle into your life you’re changed forever. The letters “MC” are stamped on your driver’s license right next to your sex and weight as if “motorcycle” was just another of your physical characteristics, or maybe a mental condition. But when warm weather finally does come around all those cold snaps and rainstorms are paid in full because a summer is worth any price.
“National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Nationwide Helmet Laws The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on all States that do not have a mandatory helmet law to adopt one. The NTSB has a “top ten most wanted” list that has never before addressed motorcycle helmet law, but does now. They are asking for every State to enact mandatory helmet law for every rider and passenger on every motorcycle. This is a disturbing, but not surprising, recommendation by the NTSB. They had a forum in 2007 where they brought in some motorcycle safety professionals and asked them a few questions, they then relied on their motorcycle crash investigations, a whopping six in total crash investigations to issue some safety recommendations. This pales in comparison to the over 150,000 airline incident investigations, over 90,000 other surface transportation investigations, which does more than qualify them to issue such recommendations.
But investigating just six motorcycle accidents and now they are the experts? What’s also surprising is the fact that motorcycle deaths declined last year. For the first time in 11 years motorcycle fatalaties went down, and not just a few percentage points. Motorcycle fatalities were down 16 percent last year. And it is not because people were riding less, vehicle miles traveled for motorcycles was down just a half a precent over the previous year, according to the US DOT.
The NTSB has no regulatory ability and no law making ability, just the power to issue recommendations to the States, industry and the Federal government. We at the MRF are troubled by the NTSB issuing recommendations about anything motorcycle, with such a lack of expertise in the arena of motorcycling and a seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the motorcyclists of this country.
By: Martin Jack
If you love motorcycles, then chances are that you would want to cruise along the several roads and take in a different view. However, motorcycle riding can be quite dangerous, given the speed and nature of the vehicle and this is why you should invest in good quality motorcycle apparel, to help avoid accidents of any kind. Given the popularity of motorcycle riding today, there are different kinds of such apparel available in the market. However, before investing in appropriate apparel for safe motorcycle riding, it is important to understand the types, the materials used and places to buy it from, so that you only get the best for yourself and yet are not paying through your nose.
Motorcycle apparel in its broad context denotes and includes apparel like jackets, pants, chaps, boots, vests and helmets. Helmets are an integral part of safe motorcycle riding and there are several types that you can choose from, like the Shoei helmets or Bell helmets, use of which makes riding safer and more secure. However, this does not mean that the other aspects of such apparel are not important, for every piece of clothing has its uses and it is important to understand this before you invest in it.