June Motorcycle News

New Wisconsin Law A bill that will allow a motorcycle, moped or bicycle to proceed through a
red vehicle actuated traffic signal that does not recognize their vehicle when
the path is clear and after waiting 45 seconds was passed.
DEAF WOMAN SUES RIDER ED FOR NOT PROVIDING SIGNER A deaf Tampa-area woman who wanted to take an adult education class on motorcycle
riding is suing the Hillsborough County school district for not providing a sign
language interpreter.

"They are discriminating against me, which I felt is not right," Merrie Carol
Paul said in an interview conducted through a telephone relay system. "One of my
dreams is that I wanted to ride my own motorcycle. ... I love to ride
motorcycles because I can do it. It doesn't matter if I am deaf or not. I love
to feel the spirit. It is me."

Paul, 46, claims in a federal lawsuit that the district violated the Americans
With Disabilities Act when officials refused to provide the interpreter when she
signed up to take the class last year.

Paul said she was told the $175 class fee would not cover the cost of an
interpreter. In the lawsuit, she says she was told she was welcome to bring her
own interpreter, which the suit states would have cost her $2,340.

When asked if the district provides sign language interpreters for people in
adult education classes, school district spokesman Stephen Hegarty said,
"Regardless of what kind of class it is, the law requires that we make
reasonable accommodations, and frequently litigation arises over how to define
reasonable." Hegarty added he did not know whether a sign language interpreter
ever has been requested for an adult school class.

Deaf from birth, Paul said she rode motorcycles with her parents as a teenager
in Michigan. She said she passed a written test but needs to take the course to
obtain her license.

"I have my motorcycle in my garage, and it is waiting for me," she said.

General Items
Gift Certificate Freehold Honda has given members of Spokes-women who signed up for it a $20 gift certificate god for one year. Thanks Michele.
Automotive Discount
SWMC members may now receive a 10-15% discount at ANY Center in the United States. All that is required is to ask for the commercial account info
AARP Offers Discount Motorcycle Insurance Did you know AARP offers its members discount motorcycle insurance? Coverage is also available for equipment and gear. Call 800-752-2461 (Dept. 8079) or log onto http://www.aarpforemost.com/motorcycle/index.htm.

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

Monmouth Cycles in Middletown, 30% over cost on parts.

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