Governor Sanford and HD Dealers Kill Bikers
Written by FastFred Ruddock, September 21, 2006
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety
held 5 press conferences across our state today. They are screaming
to the masses about the increasing trend of motorcycle deaths.
They are especially concerned about the 35 to 45 year group
of riders buying bikes with no experience and getting killed
and the fact most of them did not wear helmets. I am personally
disgusted that the media is not telling the whole story: the
motorcycle death toll has been climbing ever since Governor
Sanford cut funding to SC Riders Ed.
However as I told the Greenville news the real
killer is lack or training and experience rather than lack of
helmet usage. A helmet does as much good against a SUV as a
raincoat in the middle of a lake does against drowning. 70%
of crashes are from the front and likely head-on where speeds
will greatly exceeded the ability of a helmet to reduce impact
to a level one might survive. However with the increasing height
of bumpers on SUVs it is likely the major internal organs will
be destroyed and it will not matter if the head suffers trauma.
Most if not all of these press conferences were
held at the very Harley-Davidson Dealerships which sold the
bikes to the unqualified, inexperienced, and untrained riders
for whom they now morn with alligator tears.
SCDPS choose to hold the Greenville Press Conference
at the local Harley-Davidson Shop. I expect Riders Edge is one
of the groups the governor wishes to have SCDPS partner with
in the so called name of motorcycle safety. SCDPS claims to
be partnering with motorcycle groups. I wonder why they left
us out? Could it be we are not bribing enough public officials?
I suggest it has nothing to do with motorcycle safety and everything
to do with money. Money paid in legal bribes to Sanford and
others to rape SC Rider Ed in hopes to replace it with private
programs like Riders Edge. I further contend that Riders Edge
is a for profit sales program wearing the sheep clothing of
a training course. I suggest this course is more likely to increase
the sales of large powerful motorcycles to inexperienced riders
than create safer riders. I am sure they will sell their HD
helmets and leather but I doubt plastic and leather will replace
serious riding skills.
I suggest now is the time for us to put forth
our own press releases and press conferences about motorcycle
safety. Let us not be tricked into focusing on the device but
rather increasing training beyond rather limited nine locations
in a state with 46 counties. Let us not allow rider training
to be taken over by the same FOOLS (dealers) who are selling
large bikes to untrained and inexperienced 35 to 45 year new
It seems we need to write intelligent letters
to the editors of newspapers across our state. We do NOT need
letters that wade into the chosen battlefields of our opponents.
I suggest we focus on adequate training. PLEASE remember its
the LAW not the DEVICE we oppose.
Figures don't lie but liars can figure AND our
opponents have been figuring a long time.
A real fight is headed our way this legislative
session; please do all you can to recruit other bikers to our
organization so together we can defend our rights and interests!