Snyder awarded ABATE ‘Freedom Fighter’ Award

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – On Saturday, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was awarded the ABATE “Freedom Fighter” Award for her efforts in fighting to protect the rights of the state’s motorcyclists.

ABATE, which stands for Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to protecting bikers’ rights through political change, public education and charitable projects. The group works actively with legislators and members of the public to raise awareness on issues affecting bikers and to promote safety.

“ABATE has made great strides in raising awareness about motorcyclists’ rights, promoting rider safety and protecting bikers’ rights to continue to enjoy their passion unfettered by unfair laws,” Snyder said. “I am so honored to receive this honor and to support a group so passionate about their ideals.”

Snyder has worked actively for years to promote awareness of motorcyclists’ rights and to ensure that bikers are treated fairly under the law. Last year, she introduced a bill to add motorcycles to the state’s vehicle “Lemon Law,” which protects consumers who buy defective vehicles. The bill passed the House and now heads for the Senate. More information on the bill is available here.

“Just like a car or truck, a motorcycle is a major investment,” Snyder said. “The law needs to treat consumers who purchase motorcycles the same way it treats people who purchase other kinds of motor vehicles. No one should get stuck with a defective vehicle.”

Snyder has also fought to preserve laws that protect motorcyclists’ freedom of choice. She recently spoke at an ABATE rally to express her continued support of the state’s modified helmet law, which permits bikers 21 and older to choose whether to wear a helmet.