January 21, 1995 in City

Motorcyclists Rally For Safety Education

Associated Press

Approximately 400 motorcyclists from around the state rode into Olympia Friday to tell legislators that motorcycle safety education saves lives.

“We wanted to let legislators know that we have a voice,” said Vickie Houk, executive director of the Washington Riders Legislative Task Force.

The motorcyclists want lawmakers to defeat any bill that would change the funding for the state Motorcycle Safety Education program and support any measure that would remove the current helmet requirement for riders 18 and older, Houk said.

“We want the right to choose to wear our helmets or not,” said Clifford Johnson of Seattle. “That’s why I’m here, to show my support.”

The event was dubbed “Black Friday” and was organized to allow bikers the opportunity to talk one-on-one with legislators.

“We just wanted our lawmakers to know that the motorcycle safety class save lives more than helmets do,” said rider Steve Whalen of Sedro Woolley.

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