ABATE of South Carolina is Biker Rights.

A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. is the motorcyclists' rights organization of South Carolina. Our members brought freedom of choice to South Carolina bikers in June of 1980; ABATE amended South Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law to allow adult freedom of choice. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Our philosophy is to defend liberty; while we do not oppose safety devices we oppose laws that mandate the usage of devices.

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VW ad - Movie Theater (keep your eyes on the road) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:29
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Share this so more people will pay attention on the road.


 
ABATE of SC Press Release: Call for the Closing of Atlantic Bike fest? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:49
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Immediate Release June 10, 2014

Contacts:

Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator

(803) 360-3573 welborndmd@aol.com

Chad Fuller, Public Relations

(803) 920-2881 chad@motorcyclelawgroup.com

 

Press ReleaseABATE of South Carolina has been concerned about the recent shootings that happened during the 34th Annual Atlantic Beach Bike Festival that takes place during the Memorial Day weekend. We have always had a strong opposition to any violent acts that are committed and continue that stance. ABATE is also aware that these where NOT motorcyclists but young South Carolina adults that lived in other parts of the State. Although we do NOT understand what caused them to use violence to end whatever dispute they had we must continue to reiterate that these were NOT motorcyclists shooting each other.

ABATE member Violet “Heels” Lucas recently attended a public hearing and this is what she had to say:

“My Name is Violet “Heels” Lucas, I am a Resident of South Carolina, a Property Owner of South Carolina, a Motorcyclist of South Carolina and a Tourist of South Carolina, Mayor Rhodes on behalf of Motorcyclist we empathize with your concern for the safety of your residence, however you have to include the concern for the safety of your Tourists whom are Motorcyclists, Chairman Lazarus, on behalf of Motorcyclist we Thank You for the foresight to form a committee to work with Mayor Evans to NOT end bike fest, Mayor Hatley, in 2009, I attended and spoke at several of your City's meeting under the direction of Chief Bailey to save bike fest.”

“We can all agree that the Town of Atlantic Beach can NOT house 380,000 guests, but neither can the City of North Myrtle Beach, the City of Myrtle Beach or Horry County, collectively the Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination and Motorcyclists are Tourists who chose to come to the Grand Strand. Collectively each of you need to ensure NOT just the safety of your Residents but your Motorcycle Tourists as well.”

“The Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination, Your Tourists are also Motorcyclists, Your Tourists are invited guest, we would NOT invite guests to our homes without insuring that its cleaned, entertaining them and setting rules in which we wish for them to follow while they are in our homes.”

“We as Tourists, whom are Motorcyclists are essentially saying exactly what you all as elected officials are saying, however we're NOT saying them to each other. Mayor Rhodes, We as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists have a overwhelming concern about the incident that happened on the Boulevard, but they are NOT Tourists or Motorcyclist, those are "Drifters" who come in for the day and create havoc, and we as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists are saying they are NOT Us, they are NOT attached to us NOR affiliated with us, we too do NOT wish for their attendance at Bike fest.”

ABATE of South Carolina is a State Motorcyclists Rights Organization dedicated to defending the rights of all motorcyclists who choose to ride in the State of South Carolina. ABATE of South Carolina also encourages all motorcyclists to register to vote and become active within the political process. ABATE encourages motorcyclists to voluntarily obtain motorcycle rider training. Many members of ABATE are involved in a variety of charitable organizations and take great pride in being active members of their communities. Learn more about ABATE at www.abatesc.com

 

 
Additional RV Spots at the State Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:56
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The campground for the State Party has added 10 more RV slots.  These additional slots are primitive, no electric/water/septic connections.  If anyone is interested in these boondock RV sites, please call the campground and reserve them.

Killswitch

Dixie Thunder reporter

 
Governor Nikki Haley At Motorcycle Equal Access Bill Signing - May 29th, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:55
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Another great day in South Carolina and a great day for motorcyclists!


 
Missouri considering helmet freedom of choice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:28
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The Missouri House endorsed a bill that would let motorcyclists over age 21 forgo helmets.   Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $25 for each offense.


[Read more at KY3 News]

 
Governor Signing Ceremony, Equal Access Bill H.3231, Thurs. May 29, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:19
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See the press release flier for details.

Governor Signing Ceremony, Equal Access Bill H.3231, Thurs. May 29, 2014

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H.3231 passes! from Dennis Welborn PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:43
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At 11:37 H3231 with the senate amendment passed the house 106 to 0. It is finally a done deal.

Thanks to everyone who helped get this bill passed it is long overduel

Dennis

 
Limited Edition H3231 products PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:29
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H.3231 Long Sleeve Shirts

I just made a quick run of some long sleeve shirts and due to the short quantity I will have to take them on a first come first serve basis. Due to the setup fee and screen costs we will not be producing anymore.

 

So just let me know and the quantity and prices are below:

 

One girls medium $10

Two L long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Three XL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $20

Two XXL long sleeve with ABATE on sleeves $25

Four towels $5

 

Ride free I do, Ralph Bell ABATE State Coordinator 

Attachments:
Download this file (H 3231 Long Sleeve0001.pdf)H 3231 Long Sleeve0001.pdf[ ]271 Kb
 
Federal Bill of Interest to Motorcyclists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Kiser   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 13:17
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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end a federal subsidy for biofuel blender pumps in rural areas. The measure passed by a vote of 251-166.  The Senate is expected to vote on the matter next week and there is little that those in support of the subsidies can do to reinstate the money. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Putting an end to these subsidies will likely result in less biofuel blender pumps in the market place and therefore less E-15 fuel.  As most of you know, E-15 is gasoline that is blended with 15% ethanol.  Obviously that is a 50% increase in ethanol over the standard E-10 that most of us are used to seeing and using.  There are questions regarding how E-15 will affect engines, especially smaller ones.  The Motorcycle Industry Counsel claims that E-15 could affect engine durability and deterioration.  Further, if your motorcycle is damaged by E-15, you have no legal recourse.   Passage of this bill should be welcome news to all motorcycle riders.
 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
Equal Access Bill Advancing Through Senate with Unanimous Support - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 March 2014 09:35
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~ March 13, 2014 ~

The Motorcycle Equal Access Bill passed its second reading in the South Carolina Senate by a unanimous vote.  After the third reading, which is usually a formality, the bill will go to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.  It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.

 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com
 

 
Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 07 March 2014 17:45
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The United States Senate is the latest venue in the battle to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.  Motorcycle-only CheckpointsThe Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has reported that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation which would prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).  Also joining as original co-sponsors are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

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Equal Access Bill H.3231 Advances Unanimously - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:07
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Members of ABATE of South Carolina continue to work hard to make H3231 the law of the land in the Palmetto State.  The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds.  It is fundamentally unfair to deny motorcyclists access to public facilities which are maintained or were constructed with their tax dollars.

 

The bill, which was presented by Senator Grooms, was heard in the Senate Transportation Committee which he chairs.  It unanimously received a favorable report.  The bill now goes to the full Senate. 

 

If you would like to voice your support for this bill to the members of the Senate, you may email them at the following link: 

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?chamber=S

 

If you do email your support for this bill, please make sure to send an email to Senator Grooms thanking him for his efforts to pass this bill of importance to South Carolina motorcyclists. 

 

 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 March 2014 16:08
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Please see the attached notice and hope to see you there if you can make it. If any of these Senators are in your district please feel free to contact them and let them know we need their support. You can click on their name on the attached notice and it will take you to their contact page.

If you have any questions you can Dennis at (803) 438-8764.

 

H.3231 Full Committee Hearing, Wed. Mar 5th 11 a.m. Room 209 Gressette Bldg

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Motorcycle Equal Access Bill H.3231 Passes the House - by Matt Danielson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 21 February 2014 15:58
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H3231 passed the South Carolina House of Representatives today due to the hard work of ABATE of South Carolina as well as every motorcyclist who took the time to contact their legislators to voice their support for this important bill.  

 The bill amends the Code of South Carolina to prohibit the Department of Transportation from discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers.  One way it does this is by prohibiting motorcycles from being denied access to highways, bridges or transportation facilities that are maintained or have been constructed with public funds.  Under this bill, cities, counties and towns will have to make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking in lots and garages that were built or are maintained in whole or in part with public funds. 
 
The bill now heads to the Senate.  You can read the full bill below:
 
"Section 57-1-90.    (A)    In formulating transportation policy, promulgating regulations, allocating funds, and planning, designing, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining transportation facilities, no action of the South Carolina Transportation Commission, or the South Carolina Department of Transportation shall have the effect of discriminating against motorcycles, motorcycle operators, or motorcycle passengers. No regulation or action of the commission, or department shall have the effect of enacting a prohibition or imposing a requirement that applies only to motorcycles or motorcyclists, and the principal purpose of which is to restrict or inhibit access or motorcycles and motorcyclists to any highway, bridge, tunnel, or other transportation facility.
 
(B)    The allocation of parking space square footage specifically in transportation facilities, and other projects undertaken or operated by a political subdivision of this State where state or local source funds have been used in whole or in part to plan, design, construct, equip, operate, or maintain the facility must make reasonable accommodations for motorcycle parking. In carrying forward this requirement, among other options, the facility at its discretion may comply by sectioning portions of the area where the size configuration of the space does not meet code requirements for full-size vehicles."
 
SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
 

Matt Danielson
McGrath & Danielson
Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group
1-800-321-8968
Motorcyclelawgroup.com

 
New Liberty Riders Chapter of ABATE, Elgin, in the Midlands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 19:10
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Please welcome a new ABATE chapter - Liberty Riders in Elgin, located in the Midlands.

Dennis Welborn is the contact as they get going. More info is on our Chapters and Meetings page.

 
A reminder - protect yourself on the road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:02
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This short video shows a simple change to your insurance, that could make a huge difference if you're hit. We've shown it before, but it bears repeating. I've increased my coverage as a result of watching this, and you should too! Don't wait, do it today.


~ Fred


 
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South Carolina Motorcycle Statutes

Our friends at Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group have compiled a list of laws that apply to motorcyclists in South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.

South Carolina has several statutes that directly relate to motorcyclists, including licensure, inspections, and use of public roads. If you feel that your rights have been violated call them at 1-800-321-8968 and speak with one of their attorneys who practice in South Carolina.

Check out the SC laws here

DEDICATED TO THE FREEDOM OF THE ROAD

ABATE does not advocate riding without a helmet; ABATE advocates that you have the right to decide. ABATE does not condone drinking and driving or riding. Contributions to ABATE of South Carolina, Inc., or any of its chapters are not tax deductible.