ABATE reminds motorcyclists to be careful during riding season
Share and Follow

BISMARCK, N.D. (KXNET) — ABATE of North Dakota has been around since 1975, and fights for motorcyclist rights within the North Dakota region and in the U.S.

“We strongly advocate for bikers’ rights, said the organization’s Executive Director, Lonnie Bertsch, “and we get the attention out to people to watch out for us on motorcycles.”

ABATE stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. The organization not only advocates for biker rights but teaches the importance of motorcycle safety to riders.

“The education program is a North Dakota Safety Program,” she stated, “and we have been teaching classes since early May. We normally start the first week of May, but we had to delay it this year because of the snow.”

While North Dakota law does not require motorcyclists to wear a helmet, Bertsch says one of the most important lessons covered is to wear the proper gear before riding a motorcycle.

“We ask the riders to wear all the gear all the time. It’s not just wear a helmet. It’s all the gear. The helmet, the glasses, the long sleeves, the full-fingered glove, the pants, and boots. You may think you’re safe driving down the road with a helmet on, but the shorts and short sleeves and flip flops is not going to protect you at all in case of a fall, or even bugs,” Bertsch added.

Bertsch says it’s vital for all motorists to respect each other on the road.

“A motorcyclist needs to follow and respect the traffic laws. Not excess speeding or things like that. But we all share the same space, and we need to respect each other’s right to be on the road,” Bertsch said.

Share and Follow
You May Also Like

California governor to name Laphonza Butler, former Kamala Harris adviser, to Feinstein Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will name Laphonza Butler,…

New free dermatology clinic for those in need

AUGUSTA. Ga ()- If you need to see a dermatologist but don’t…

VIDEO | Stolen Aiken Public Safety patrol car crashes following chase

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. () – Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and Aiken Public…

North Carolina parents throw wedding for young daughter with cancer

(WGHP) — Emma Edwards was that kid others just seemed drawn to. Her…

Effingham Co. Coroner identifies Teutopolis ammonia leak victims; 7 and 10-year-olds among dead

TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. (WCIA) — The Effingham County Coroner has released the names…

Florida’s A1A could be renamed for Jimmy Buffett

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida lawmaker recently filed a bill aiming…

Prosecutors reveal a reason for Capitol rioter's secretive sentencing: His government cooperation

A Pennsylvania man’s guilty plea and prison sentence for attacking police during…

Titans face nemesis Joe Burrow and Bengals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Titans (1-2) are going to try…