ABATE of Delaware
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Last update: Tuesday July 13th 2021ABATE of Delaware is a Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization, dedicated to
maintaining your right to ride without undue government interference. Many riders enjoy their Freedom of Choice in whether or not to
wear a helmet whenever they ride, thanks to the hard work of
our membership – the operative word being “CHOICE.”
ABATE of Delaware has worked on anti-discrimination laws.Many motorcyclists have experienced a refusal by owners of certain
establishments to serve them as long as they identified with motorcycles.
Even a simple T-shirt with a motorcycle name or logo on it,
once was sufficient to ban you from some establishments.
ABATE members come from all walks of life and are found nationwide.Delaware has Chapters in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.
ABATE does not discriminate against anyone based on the
make or type of motorcycle they ride, or if they ride a motorcycle. Monthly meetings are held for business purposes
and all members are encouraged to attend. ABATE of Delaware has been involved in fighting for and protecting the
rights of motorcyclists, promoting Rider Education and Motorcycle
Awareness, and helping our communities since 1977.
Successfully modified the mandatory helmet law in 1978.ABATE of Delaware has testified every time a helmet law has
been introduced and has been successful in stopping it in committee. ABATE of Delaware Lobbied Delaware’s Federal Legislators
to help repeal the Federal Helmet Law in 1995 ABATE of Delaware monitors State and Federal
proposed legislation that affects motorcyclists.
Not just helmet laws but insurance discrimination,
vehicle modification regulations, rider education,
motorcycle awareness, and keeps the membership informed. ABATE of Delaware’s Task Force is a member of ABATE and B.O.L.T.
and works with, and financially funds the M.R.F., A.M.A., and NCOM
attending numerous seminars and workshops across the country
each year to develop new strategies to protect our freedom. ABATE of Delaware promotes voter registration and
participation in the electoral process, and involvement
in the campaigns of those that support our positions. ABATE of Delaware has lobbied State Governors since the 1980s,
for signing the, “Motorcycle Awareness Month” proclamation. In 1996 ABATE of Delaware halted Mandatory Rider Training,
along with Motorcycle Endorsement and Registration increases. In 2005 HB 96 Eliminated the Code provision
restricting the height of motorcycles handlebars. In 2007 SB 46 A Mandatory Helmet Law Bill was introduced
and died in the Senate Public Safety Committee. In 2008 ABATE of Delaware Resolved Noise
Issues with the City of Newark, DE. ABATE of Delaware donated to the
ABATE of California/B.O.L.T. Judicial fund.
In 2010 halted Graduated Licensing.In 2010 SB 269 Increased Penalties for Careless/Inattentive
Driving when serious Physical Injury Results to a Vulnerable User. In 2015 HB 54, a Mandatory Helmet Law Bill was introduced then
died in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. 2016 HB 114 The Flashing Brake Light bill addressed to the Delaware Motorcycle
Safety Advisory Committee by ABATE of Delaware and was signed into law. 2016 HB 54 A Mandatory Helmet Bill introduced and did not receive a
single vote to leave the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. March 2017 HB 14, yet another attempt at a Mandatory
Helmet Bill, this bill was once again killed in Committee. April 2017 The ABATE of Delaware Legislative Task Force lobbied for
passage of SB 12, the Auxiliary Lighting bill and was signed into law.
This law permits the use of LED or similar lighting to be added to the body of a
motorcycle, assisting riders to be better seen during the hours of darkness. January 2019 The ABATE of Delaware Legislative Task Force lobbied for
passage of SB 16, An Act to Amend Title 21 of the Delaware Code
Relating to Special Registration Plates for Motorcycles. This Act authorizes
the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue special registration plates to
motorcycle clubs without having to enact a special law for each request. Members Receive;
A monthly newsletter
A No Cost $4000.00 Accidental Death Life Insurance.
Discounts at member businesses and events.
Info on Poker Runs, Races, Social Events, and Calls To Action.
Legislative updates on issues concerning motorcyclists.