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The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author: Dresser, Michael
Date: Jul 16, 2007
Start Page: 1B
Section: Local
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Reply: All? Never said that. Some? The venue speaks for itself. I'm sure many ABATE members drink soda during and after the meetings. But if some of its members didn't want something stronger, ABATE wouldn't be meeting in bars.

"You also were incorrect by calling ABATE of Maryland part of a national group. Each state's ABATE is a separate entity. At least you called us a "social club" and not a "gang" although we are neither. We are a Motorcyclist's Rights Organization.

Anyone interested in this issue should read the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law in Florida." The report, which has interesting statistics on motorcycles and alcohol, is posted on The Sun's Web site at You'll also find the full text of [Steven P. Strohmier]'s letter as well as other reaction to last week's column.

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