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The Senator and the motorcycle lobby

Sen. Steve Oelrich says he's not targeting any group, but he's precariously taking on a literally noisy lobby over, well, noise. His press release:

With scores of motorcyclists set to descend upon the State Capitol on Monday representing ABATE of Florida, Inc., Senator Steve Oelrich (R - Cross Creek) is requesting that local and state law enforcement agencies decide which laws they choose to enforce and which should be repealed.  Senator Oelrich recently sent letters to the heads of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tallahassee Police Department, to alert them of the group’s impending arrival and to ask if officials plan to enforce motor vehicle noise levels found in F.S. 316.293.

 “Since coming to Tallahassee, I’ve noticed a number of the motorcycles belonging to members of ABATE when they visit to be in clear violation of the law,” said Oelrich. “I’m simply asking that if we are not going to enforce these laws then why not take them off of the books?”

According to their website, ABATE of Florida members ride to Tallahassee once a year to lobby on issues important to them.  The group promotes motorcycle safety and rider education.  A list of Florida motorcycle laws on the ABATE website includes F.S. 316.293.

 “I am not targeting any particular group or agency,” commented Oelrich. “I just think we should enforce the laws we have, and if not, let’s repeal them.”

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