ABATE of Michigan Inc.
P.O. Box 99
Constantine, Mi. 49042
Phone: 269 435-2058
ABATE of Michigan
Fighting for the rights of all motorcyclists since 1976
January 6, 2019
From President Vince Consiglio
I can’t believe it’s already the September issue for The Michigan Rider. There is so much more to get done before the riding season ends in Michigan from having Regional events to raising funds to help our cause, to enjoying some personal time going somewhere to just relax. George Bennett and I just got back from the Senator Gary Peter’s ride from Motor City Harley Dealership in Farmington Hills to Flint and let me tell you that I am not a fan of having to drive on I-275 and Hwy 5. On our way to the Harley Dealership in Farmington Hills at 7:30 am the traffic is awful – just awful in that area and I feel sorry for any biker who has to ride to work in that congestion. Cars and trucks will run you over, cut you off, slam on their brakes without any notice whatsoever and act like you are not even there. They are in such a hurry that even when they try to get over into your lane and they can’t, they will look at you like your some kind of hated friend who did them wrong. Please, please don’t ride your motorcycle in that area unless you absolutely have to. It’s dangerous!
Just two weeks ago at the COC meeting in Milford, Alice asked me to say something about Awareness and the one point I wanted to bring up was that if you ride, you should know at least some basic first-aid techniques on how to care for a fellow rider in the case of an accident. There are classes you can take to help someone in an accident that doesn’t require a whole lot of training, just basic stuff like putting on a tourniquet or using a towel to stop bleeding. There have been 2 deaths where bikers bled-out because no one knew how to stop the bleeding or even try! So please look-up on how to do some basic first-aid and don’t just let your brother or sister biker lay there. Know where you are and call 911. You could save someone’s life by some simple techniques. If you’re Veteran, you were taught these in the military. If you are interested in learning more contact Debbie Parinello at email@example.com and she can help you out!
Just one last thing, I’m hoping for good weather and a large turn-out for our Suicide Prevention and Motorcycle Awareness Event. If you have it in your heart say a prayer for our Region 14 to make this a success. We are hoping to save lives from suicide and motorcycle accidents and with all the support we’re getting let’s hope we save some lives!
May the road always rise to greet you and the wind always be at your back,
ABATE State Awareness Director
Contact State of Michigan ABATE Awareness Officer:
Rod "Hot Rod" Beaton
Phone: 734 587-2087