COLUMBUS--State Representatives Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) and Al Landis (R-Dover) recently introduced legislation that will create the motorcycle road guard certificate and training program to allow certified individuals to function as traffic controllers.

House Bill 406 is intended to make large organized rides safer and less frustrating for both the motorcyclists and other road users by performing a clear function in making bikes visible at the intersections and allowing the group through and out of the way of other traffic in an expedient and organized manner. The guards will be recognized as an authority to stop and direct traffic for motorcycle group rides until it is safe for the vehicles to proceed.

"I am pleased to be part of this effort to provide a much-needed training and certification program that I believe can provide a safer environment for this type of event," said Rep. Green. "Through greater organization, higher visibility and increased awareness, we can make roads safer for all motorcyclists."

American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operating practices of Ohio motorcyclists, supports this legislation. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) supports the motorcycle road guard certificate and training program.

"Many of these organized rides are charitable in nature; some are even escorting fallen American heroes back to their hometowns," said Rep. Landis. "Ensuring public safety is of the utmost importance, not only for motorcycle riders, but all motor vehicles."