WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2010 – U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) officially joined the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus on June 1, 2010, joining 11 other Members of Congress including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Burgess (R-TX) and Giffords (D-AZ). The Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.
“I have been a strong advocate of motorcycle safety for many years now,” said Jones. “It is important that riders and motorists alike are reminded to take every precaution to keep our riders safe and this caucus serves as a great platform.”
Jones represents North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District along the eastern coast, an attractive area for many motorcyclists and home of the world famous Outer Banks which include Cape Hatteras, Kill Devil Hills, Duck Island, and the home of the world’s first airplane flight, Kitty Hawk.
The Motorcycle Safety Caucus and its members have been instrumental in focusing Congress’ attention on the safety of motorcyclists by passing Congressional Resolutions supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, hosting a Capitol Hill event attended by the Secretary of Transportation, drawing attention to Ride to Work Day and ensuring that motorcycle safety is remembered in the transportation reauthorization process.
The Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck noted “We are delighted that Congressman Jones has joined the Caucus and look forward to all of his contributions.”
Duane Taylor, MIC’s Director of Federal Affairs said, “We are excited that the Caucus is growing and encourage all riders to contact their Representative to encourage him or her to join as well.”
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues. It is a not-for-profit, national industry association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.
The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.