A.B.A.T.E. of PAs history is difficult to document since bikers have typically been more interested in getting the job done than documenting how it was accomplished.
A.B.A.T.E. of PA is a special interest group whose primary tool is grass roots political activism. Originally founded in 1977, it has accomplished many legislative successes. Perhaps the most notable is Pennsylvanias Motorcycle Safety Program, which is administered by PennDOT and funded by motorcyclists through a surcharge on their registration fees. A.B.A.T.E. of PA played a significant role in getting the original surcharge approved and was the leading influence behind subsequent legislation expanding the program.
But A.B.A.T.E. of PAs history is inextricably tied to Pennsylvanias motorcycle helmet law, which took effect on Friday, September 13, 1968. That event was the driving force that led to the founding of A.B.A.T.E. of PA and its development into one of the states most effective grass-roots lobbying organizations.
In this article, well review the events leading up to the founding of A.B.A.T.E. of PA and what has happened since in the never-ending struggle to protect the rights of motorcyclists.
A.B.A.T.E. of PAs history can be divided into six periods. Well look at each of them.
1. Motorcycle Movements
The Early Years
2. Motorcycle Movements
The Political Awakening
3. A.B.A.T.E. of PA
4. A.B.A.T.E. of PA
5. A.B.A.T.E. of PA
Winning the Legislative Process
6. A.B.A.T.E. of PA
Coping With Success
* Some key individuals in our history!