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ABATE of South Carolina Prepares for Annual Helmet Law Rally


CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 12 -- Abate of South Carolina is preparing for its annual “Freedom of Choice Helmet Law Rally” to be held on Sunday, October 9, 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina. Motorcyclists from across South Carolina as well as bikers from neighboring states will begin gathering at the Triple Crown Restaurant located at 103 North 12th St., West Columbia, at noontime. The police escorted parade of all makes and models of motorcycles will depart Triple Crown Restaurant promptly at 1 p.m. and make its way to the Statehouse steps.

“Last year we had approximately 1000 bikers at our Freedom of Choice Helmet Law Rally,” says Fred Ruddock, ABATE of SC State Coordinator. “I’d like to see that number increase this year.”

“ABATE of South Carolina, A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, has been fighting for the rights of South Carolina motorcyclists for over thirty years now,” explains Ruddock. “This year’s rally is of particular importance because ABATE supports South Carolina’s current motorcycle helmet law. After what unfolded in last year’s legislative session, it is obvious that our liberties are not secure with our current state senators and representatives.”

“Our Lobby Days and Helmet Rallies are calls to action to all bikers, motorcyclists, and basically every other person who is concerned with government taking away their freedoms and liberties. If we have learned anything about government in the last thirty years, whether at the local, state, or federal level, it is that powerful outside forces with lots of money to create a perception of a crisis to justify a new law, often can eliminate the voice of thousands of everyday people who just want to be left alone; to live peacefully without government interference,” continues Ruddock.

“This is an unfortunate reality in South Carolina that will only be countered by a larger public outcry than we had last year, alone with a new, determined voice that will outlast the lobbyists and Washington DC advocacy group’s money. With motorcycle registrations on the rise in South Carolina, I think ABATE of South Carolina is up to the challenge,” concluded Ruddock.

There will be a post-rally gathering at the Flying Saucer Restaurant from 2 to 6 p.m.. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


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