To the Editor:
S.D. Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. Governor Noem is a member of South Dakota ABATE and is also a member of the local ABATE Chapter (Windriders) in Huron. She has her own motorcycle that she enjoys riding.
I have been on the South Dakota ABATE state board since 1994. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood for Awareness, Training, and Awareness. South Dakota ABATE has a full time lobbyist, Diana Miller, who watches out for laws that are harmful to motorcyclists during the legislative session in Pierre. ABATE also has motorcycle safety courses available for new riders. We promote motorcycle safety thoughout the state. ABATE gives out maps for the Black Hills for motorcyclists to use during the Annual Sturgis Rally in August.
You might have seen some motorcycle awareness sign across the state that are provided by South Dakota ABATE. This past Sunday it was 80 degrees and I saw many motorcycles in Huron enjoying the beautiful weather. Since the warm weather brings out a lot of motorcycles we need everyone to watch out for them and remember that they have as much right to highways as cars and that they are a lot harder to see since they are much smaller.
One May 21, Windriders will be having a motorcycle poker run out of Shooters in Wolsey. Registration is at 11 a.m., and the run begins at noon. The monies raised are for use as scholarships for new riders wanting to take a motorcycle safety course. All vehicles such as cars, pick-ups. and motorcycles are welcome to come for the event.
We hope to see some of you at our motorcycle event.