Road Guardians Newsletter
May 2013

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
As motorcycles get out on the road in larger numbers the public is reminded to watch for motorcycles. Some states have renamed this month “Motorcycle Safety Month” but Road Guardians joins ABATE of Wisconsin in keeping the original intention of the Proclamation which is reminding drivers to watch for motorcycles rather than redirecting the focus of the proclamation to the riders themselves. Motorcycle Awareness is the responsibility of everyone from car drivers who need to look twice to the motorcyclists who need to consider their own visibility. Let’s enjoy an accident free 2013!


Ride Safe to Ride Again!

Ride SafeThrough a federally-funded program, Michigan riders are urged to “Ride Safe to Ride Again”. From their website:”The Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program uses both public and private organizations approved by the Michigan Department of State to offer motorcycle rider education classes. The department is committed to assuring instruction is given by qualified instructors in an approved facility certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.The list below details public and private sponsored classes near you. Check website addresses for class schedules or contact the sponsor for more information.


A $25 tuition (nonrefundable fee) will be charged for basic rider, three wheel basic rider, returning basic rider and advanced rider course motorcycle classes from public sponsors.”

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Dear Fellow Biker,

Events – Events – Events!!!!


by Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT

People often ask what they can do to help us reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. I always respond with TAKE A CLASS and then tell them to join us for some fun! ASM/RG is a non-profit organization and we have one major fundraiser each year. This is our 13th year of our fundraiser that helps support an office so ASM students and instructors can receive the support they desire in order to get more students trained. We do not operate on Government funding and there is so much that needs to be done to get ASM training to new area and do some research so Best Practice recommendations can be implemented. Join us for our fundraiser the 3rd weekend of July in the beautiful Mississippi River Valley area of Dubuque, IA. Enjoy great riding, evening parties with silent auction, prizes and more. For more information see our website at:
 River Road Fundraiser

AMA Action Alert

U.S. Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) will introduce the Black Box Privacy Protection Act soon and are currently seeking to add original cosponsors.

The bill will protect motorcyclists’ rights by requiring dealers to prominently disclose to consumers if an event data recorder, known as a black box, is installed in their motorcycle, the data collection capabilities of such a device, and how such data may be used. The bill clarifies that the owner of the motorcycle owns the data and it may not be accessed without the permission of the owner. Furthermore, this bill requires that manufacturers provide consumers with the option of controlling the recording function in future automobiles or motorcycles that are equipped with black boxes. In other words, the ability to turn the black box on or off.

Currently, no federal law exists that clarifies the rights of vehicle owners to ownership of the recorded data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring black boxes in all cars manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014. The NHTSA already has disclosure requirements, but the Black Box Privacy Protection Act would make the disclosure more prominent and give consumers even greater choice and privacy protections.

The American Motorcyclist Association protects motorcyclists’ freedom to ride and we support this bipartisan bill. If you are worried that your insurer will use data from a black box to increase your rates or have the ability to record data that can be used against you in a civil or criminal proceeding, then you-the motorcyclist-should urge your representative to become an original cosponsor to the Black Box Privacy Protection Act. Just follow the “Take Action” option to send a pre-written email directly to your representative.

Please become a member of the AMA to help us protect your freedom to ride. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to

Be sure to forward this to your motorcycling friends!

This content courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association.

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Vicki Sanfelipo
Accident Scene Management, Inc.
P.O. Box 40
Big Bend, WI 53103