Biker Scavenger Hunt on Opening Day of the Legislature
Photos and article by FastFred Ruddock
ABATE owned the day; bikers greatly out numbered
all other citizens and paid lobbyists combined. Roughly
200 Bikers answered the threats made by paid lobbyists and
safety nannies calling for a tougher helmet law. We left
no doubt in the minds of the legislators that we strongly
oppose any modification of the current South Carolina helmet
law. Our current helmet law allows those at least 21 to
choose their own safety equipment without artificial consequences
created by the state.
This year marked the third anniversary of
the legislative scavenger hunt. Bikers set off through out
the capitol complex in search of items to win points in
a game interwoven with practical purpose. Early in the day
the governor requested a photo op with the many bikers present.
We also saw the usual folks paid to influence our elected
officials but they were few and brought only money to bribe
but no votes to deliver.
Safety Sam played by Ralph Bell came to brighten
up the day with some street theater. Safety Sam ran about
telling all the bikers to go home. You see Safety Sam works
for NHSTA and he knows what is best for all us poor bikers:
first helmets then an outright ban on motorcycles. Safety
Sam warned all the bikers they were wasting tax dollars
by making his job harder but he assured us he would not
quit trying to pass laws to save us from ourselves. Concerned
bikers ejected Safety Sam despite his protests.
Those who actively participated in the scavenger
hunt earned a special patch only available those who took
part on opening day. Over one hundred bikers earned the
2008 Scavenger Hunt/Lobby Day Patch. Steal
this idea to support biker rights at your state capitol.
If you need or would like help organizing a scavenger hunt
at your SMRO’s opening lobby day please make contact.