Friday, February 01, 2008


ABATE Backs Boland

Boland wins endorsement from motorcycle Safety group

Press release submitted by Democratic Party of Illinois
EAST MOLINE, IL – State Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline) has earned the endorsement of motorcycle safety advocacy group A.B.A.T.E. (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) in his bid for re-election as 71st District state representative. A.B.A.T.E. represents over 12,000 members and 60 chapters throughout Illinois.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to be recognized and endorsed by an organization like A.B.A.T.E. that fights for motorcycle safety and awareness,” Boland said. “In partnership with groups like A.B.A.T.E., we are making progress in keeping our roads and motorists safe. It has been a pleasure meeting and working with A.B.A.T.E. members in the area, and I look forward to continuing to work with A.B.A.T.E. to ensure our roads are safe.”

Despite the contentious political climate in Springfield this year, Boland helped greatly expand teen driving laws in Illinois. The new law establishes strict sanctions for street racing and punishments for repeat violations by drivers under the age of 21. The law also aims to prepare younger drivers to drive through extending learner’s permit periods and nighttime curfews.

“As a former teacher, I know how valuable education is in developing knowledge that can keep people safe, A.B.A.T.E. is a leader in educating motorcyclists,” Boland said. “It is vital that we continue our push to educate people about responsible motorcycle operation. We are making progress and keeping people sage. I look forward to continuing my efforts to do even more in the 71st District.”

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