CDC Task Force to Recommend Mandatory Helmet Laws
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that the rumors are true. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) task force is set to issue a report calling on all 50 States to enact mandatory helmet law.
The task force, known as the Community Preventative Services Task Force, is a 15 member, non-federal, independent group that utilizes CDC staff and resources to develop "Findings and Rationale Statements". These statements make recommendations that run the gamut of topics from asthma control to work place safety. The past recommendations have included motor vehicles, focusing on seat belts, child seats and alcohol use. This is the first time the task force has recommended anything to do with motorcycling. Task force members are appointed by the Director of the CDC and serve a five-year term. All current members are doctors, with one exception.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank all of our veterans for their service. As we observe Veteran's Day the MRF is thankful for all of our veterans this day and every day. Without the sacrifice of our service members what we do at the MRF would simply not be possible. Freedom is Not Free.
Thanks to all of our military and their families.
Petri Letter Extension
Congressman Petri has decided to hold the letter open for more signatures reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Congressman Petri (WI) has decided to allow time to continue gathering signatures. Mr. Petri has taken the lead on drafting a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ask them to not waste resources on motorcycle safety when we have so many more government agencies all ready doing the same research. He has decided to hold the letter open through close of business Friday November 8th. Please contact your Federal Representative and ask that they co-sign the Petri CDC letter by contacting Mr. Petri's D.C. office. You can reach the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and you can determine who your Representative is through this website: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. Please act now. The text of the Petri CDC letter is below.