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IRVINE, Calif., April 6, 2009

The House Transportation andInfrastructure Committee passed a resolution April 2, supporting thegoals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, encouraging ridersto get trained and licensed, always wear protective gear, never drinkand ride, and ride within their limits. Another key message of themonth is aimed at motorists, who need to be aware of two-wheel trafficand look out for riders.

The resolution, H. Res. 269, introduced by Reps. Gabrielle Giffords,D-Ariz., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, is similar to one unanimouslypassed by the full House last year.

"The resolution presents a valuable opportunity for Congress torecognize the importance of focusing on motorcyclists' safety," saidDuane Taylor, MIC Director of Federal Affairs. "We're calling on riderseverywhere to contact their representatives to urge them to cosponsorthe resolution."

Among many safety related organizations, such as the Motorcycle SafetyFoundation, May has long been designated as Motorcycle Safety AwarenessMonth. The messages for all road users are especially timely asmotorcyclists nationwide gear up for the upcoming riding season. Inapproximately two thirds of fatal car/motorcycle crashes, the driver ofthe car is at fault.

"We applaud the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passingthis resolution and we look forward to continuing to work withRepresentatives Burgess and Giffords and other members of Congress asthis resolution moves to the full House for consideration," said MIC'sSenior Vice President for Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck.

Motorcycles are fuel-efficient and decrease congestion while havinglittle impact on our nation's transportation infrastructure, makingthem a valuable component of the transportation mix. With more than 7million motorcyclists benefiting from the advantages of riding, it isimportant to remember their safety and to encourage safe andresponsible behavior.

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promotemotorcycling through government relations, communications and mediarelations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, developmentof data communications standards, and activities surrounding technicaland regulatory issues.

It is a not-for-profit, national trade association representingmanufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters,motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied tradessuch as publishing companies, advertising agencies, insurance firms andconsultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relationsoffice adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, theorganization has been in operation since 1914.
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