Sept. to Dec. Chapter Meetings
A “phone bank”! The chapter will be buying pizzas and soda, if you would stay after the VERY short meeting, to bring
your cell phone and make calls to members who need to renew their membership. It will be easy. We will be printing
cheat sheets to give everyone a few lines about why past due/expired members should renew, and how they can go about renewing.
See you there and THANKS
Officer Job Descriptions
If you are intrested in running for an officer position check out the official
Job Description Page for description of
the responsibilities for each officer position.
TO: Lincoln Land A.B.A.T.E. Members:
Recently, there has been serious concern expressed about A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois endorsing focused enforcement against
motorcyclists. Specifically, the issue was in regard to riding while impaired. The position of ABATE has been taken out of
context by some and I would like to ally any concerns about where ABATE stands.
First, a primary function of ABATE is rider safety. To that end, State Coordinator Mike Myers has developed the Ride Smart
Program in response to the number of motorcycle fatalities that involved impaired riders. The entire program is about
making informed choices to avoid riding while impaired and to avoid the negative consequences of arrest and potentially injury
or death. I was asked by Mike to stand in for him at a press conference hosted by IDOT. I did so, and my comments focused
on the Ride Smart Program.
During the course of the press conference, an IDOT representative made mention of enforcement efforts aimed at impaired
motorcyclists. To some, this meant that as A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, we therefore support such targeted measures against our
own. Nothing could be further from the truth. As you may recall, Lincoln Land Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. was instrumental in
getting legislation passed which prohibits motorcycle only roadside safety checks (text of statute below). Bear in mind
however, that as an organization, we do not support riding while impaired, and as the program says, we want riders to make
smart choices before potentially placing themselves in harms way. We would like our fellow riders to enjoy many,
many more years of riding.
If you have any questions in regard to the where A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois stands on this issue or about the press
conference, please feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call.
Lincoln Land Chapter
PA 97-746 (725 ILCS 5/107-17) specifically forbids all law enforcement officers from profiling against motorcycle
riders by motorcycle only roadside safety checks.
Section 107-17(b) of the Illinois Criminal Code states:
(b) Offense. No vehicle may be stopped, delayed, or detained based on the race, ethnicity, or sex of the operator
or occupants; nor shall any vehicle be stopped, delayed, or detained by virtue of the type or style of the vehicle.
A peace officer may not stop, delay, or detain a vehicle unless the stop, delay, or detention of the vehicle is
predicated upon reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or any other articulable circumstances that indicate a
violation of the law has been or is being committed.