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
ABATE Region 14 recently put on an event for Suicide Prevention and Motorcycle Awareness and the amount of work it takes to make it a success is a lot of time, personal funding, hustling and caring about people in general when it comes to saving lives. Suicide affects so many aspects of the loss that it’s immeasurable. Since we put this event on, I realized the impact it has on so many levels. When one of us is killed or injured there is no difference between the amount of pain the family suffers through suicide or a motorcycle accident. This is what drives me to work so hard.
The Awareness program that is put on by the State is just not what we had hoped for. Their promotions on T.V. and highway billboards are just not what a biker would hope for. After all, a lot of money is in their pockets and it’s almost like they are sleep walking through their slogan and promotions because you never hear anyone talk about them or even see them.
We just had Dondi Vesperini our Attorney for ABATE at our meeting and he helped us understand the importance of contacting your Legislator’s in your Region to support Senate Bill 528. The Senate Bill 528 helps our situation by placing the motorcyclists own auto insurance first in priority to pay the injured motorcyclists no fault benefits. This way motorcyclists like motorists are provided a choice regarding their no fault benefits. (Per Dondi’s talking points.)
I just recently went on a vacation down to Myrtle Beach and other destinations as well and I want to give a big shout-out to all “Truck Drivers”. Denise and I were coming back through Virginia on Hwy. 77–64 through the mountains and I was trailing an Estes Truck with tandems. Well we were making pretty good time up and down the mountains through all the curves and all of a sudden the truck in front of me got off the side of the road throwing stones and dust like he was falling asleep and going off the side of the road when low and behold, he was actually warning me about an exhaust pipe from a semi! The pipe was about 5 feet long covering our whole lane. I had enough time to swerve around the exhaust pipe in just enough time to prevent what could have been a tragic accident! I was shook-up but realized I had to keep moving because there was nowhere to stop or get over. I will be forever grateful to that driver. When I did get the chance to get along side of him, he gave me the thumbs-up and I smiled and gave him the power sign. He had his Harley-Davidson hat on and he saved our lives! There is no way I would have survived if I had hit that exhaust pipe, so all you truck drivers out there thank you for looking out for this biker and his wife. I will always be sincerely grateful. The car that was trailing behind me did hit the pipe and ended up on the side of the road with smoke coming from it.
May the road rise to meet you and the wind always be at your back,
Hot Rod Beaton
ABATE State Awareness Director
Contact State of Michigan ABATE Awareness Officer:
Rod "Hot Rod" Beaton
Phone: 734 587-2087