Reading this story about concerns over motorcycle safety rang a bell for me.
The rash of serious motorcycle accidents in Deer Park reflects a nationwide trend.
It prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Deer Park police and Harris County Assistant District Attorney Brent Mayr to call Tuesday for a multi-pronged effort to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities.
Deer Park police Lt. Bryan Magee said lobbyists for his department and others will press state lawmakers in the upcoming session to require motorcyclists to wear helmets and take a safety and training course.
The most effective lobbyist in the Capitol this year is a guy who drives a Suzuki because Harleys aren't tough enough, he says, and who got his nickname from a Russian spacecraft that scared the heck out of the entire Western world.
He also sports a Mohawk hairstyle and five earrings.
But if Bill "Sputnik" Strain's appearance and background once gave state lawmakers pause, the 58-year-old biker today is regarded as one of the most effective lobbyists (he prefers the term "activist") this session.
His priority - a repeal of the motorcycle helmet law for adults - has passed the Senate and has a good shot at passing the House when it comes up for debate this week.
By the way, for those of you who've been reading the Chron for a few years, here's a little trip down Memory Lane for you.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 11, 2008 to That's our Lege