On Tuesday, April 30th, ABATE will join with the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and LDI/Tucker Rocky to present a kick-off to Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. All motorcyclists are invited to attend this annual event at Monument Circle in Indianapolis from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
FT WAYNE, Ind.– Allen County Judge John Surbeck has ordered suspended Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Bisard to remain in jail pending his October trial on a 2010 reckless homicide charge.
Surbeck ordered Bisard’s bond revoked as a result of his April 27 arrest in Lawrence. The judge said Bisard’s arrest demonstrates disdain for authority of the court and shows he is a risk to the general public.
Surbeck has ordered the sheriff’s departments of Allen County and Marion County to determine where Bisard will remain in custody.
The motorcyclists’ maneuver known as lane splitting is currently illegal in 49 states. California has unofficially permitted it for decades.
RENO — Nevada, the first state to legalize statewide gambling, could soon take a gamble on letting motorcyclists legally drive between two lanes of traffic.
The maneuver, known as lane splitting, is currently illegal in 49 states. It has been unofficially permitted in California for decades, with no law specifically allowing or prohibiting the practice. An attempt to legalize it in Arizona was vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010.
Supporters argue that lane splitting reduces the likelihood of a motorcycle hitting a car in front, and vice versa, especially in heavy traffic. Detractors argue lane splitting is inherently dangerous and distracts from other safety issues such as mandatory helmet laws.
Nevada’s bill would allow motorcyclists to drive between cars as long as they don’t exceed 30 mph and don’t go more than 10 mph than the flow of traffic. In California, there are no legal limits on lane splitting, though the California Highway Patrol suggests it be done only at speeds below 30 mph. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Nevada Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill last month, and supporters expect it to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval has not indicated whether he would support it or not.
STONINGTON, R.I.— The Handlebar Café is closed today, as it was on Friday. Inside, owner Elizabeth Mitchell-Cipriano is likely putting things back where they belong, and searching for such essentials as keys and remote controls. With luck, and a lot of work, she’ll be open to the public on Sunday.
“It’s like a tornado came through here,” she said.
Mitchell-Cipriano has just survived a week of being rescued by Jon Taffer, the host of Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue.” In each episode of the show, Taffer, an internationally known consultant in the hospitality industry, finds a faltering bar, rips apart both the bar and the owner, and creates a whole new, hopefully wildly successful establishment.
She’s not allowed to say much of what happened during her week with Taffer, which began the evening of April 26 and ended Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m., because the producers prefer that some things remain secret until the show airs. But once the bar reopens, locals can go and see the makeover for themselves.
To kick off National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (May), Allstate Insurance Company will continue its efforts to donate standardized warning signs for motorcycle safety with its “Once is Never Enough” (ONE) program with the first installation of 2013. ONE is an awareness campaign that encourages people to look twice for motorcycles at intersections and aims to help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes at intersections by proposing installations of permanent motorcycle warning signs in 20 U.S. cities this year. Additionally, a new Allstate Motorcycle Facebook mapping application was created in response to the numerous requests from the rider community to help bring awareness to other hazardous road conditions.
Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says that he wants to review the police chief’s authority to fire misbehaving officers in the wake of the David Bisard case.
Since August of 2010, Bisard has been suspended without pay pending termination following his arrest on reckless homicide charges in a fatal drunken driving case.
Metro Police Chief Rick Hite has recommended Bisard be fired but the police merit board cannot act on that recommendation unless Bisard is convicted of a crime.