RIghTs Motorist who Painted nails while driving convicted in death of Motorcyclist
Mayor Joel McGuire of Harrison, Ohio, joined with off-highway riders and others to open a new motocross park.
Photo Monument: Steve Quinn; Zaffke: Julie Monacella; MX Park: City of Harrison, Ohio
Driver Faces Up To Five Years In Prison
Public-Private cooPeration Paying off for off-highway riders New Riding Opportunities In Ohio, Colorado, California
At a time when off-highway riding opportunities are threatened around the country, there are some bright spots, thanks to the efforts of dedicated riders and sympathetic government ofﬁcials. On April 29, Harrison, Ohio, Mayor Joel McGuire, wearing motocross gear, ofﬁcially opened the Doug Dunaway Memorial Motocross Park. In Summit County, Colo., ofﬁcials will decide soon whether to reopen the Summit County Landﬁll to riding. And in Kern County, Calif., ofﬁcials are exploring the idea of building an off-highway vehicle (OHV) park near Bakersﬁeld. “These are cases where riders didn’t just sit around waiting for something to happen,” says Jessica Irving, AMA grassroots manager. “They got involved with local ofﬁcials, pitched in, addressed any concerns, and saw progress.” The Doug Dunaway Memorial Motocross Park, off Campbell Road in Harrison, Ohio, features a 1.2-mile track. The mayor—a motorcyclist himself—sees the track as a way to give riders a place to ride as well as draw riders from other areas to help boost the local economy. In Colorado, the Summit County OffRoad Riders (SCORR) group has been
working with government ofﬁcials and local residents to come up with a plan to reopen the Summit County Landﬁll area to OHV riding. The area has been closed to offhighway riding since Jan. 1 while a new management plan is created. If the new plan is approved by county ofﬁcials, the park could reopen by July 1. The area, between Dillon and Keystone on Highway 6, is expected to include a new motocross park and parking lot. In California, about 40 people showed up for a Kern County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on April 22 to support county creation of a new riding area near Bakersﬁeld. The county is considering the move to try to keep riders from trespassing on private land. County ofﬁcials are reviewing about half a dozen parcels it owns, ranging in size from 22 acres to 237 acres, to see if one of them is a suitable site for a public riding area. For information on getting involved to create riding opportunities in your areas, contact Irving at email@example.com or go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Get Involved.
A verdict has been handed down in the case of a woman who was painting her ﬁngernails while driving, resulting in the death of motorcyclist Anita Zaffke. Despite her lawyer’s efforts to persuade the jury that her actions were no worse than talking on a cellphone while driving, the jury decided otherwise and found Lora Hunt, 49, guilty of felony reckless homicide. She faces up to ﬁve years in prison when she is sentenced in June. Zaffke, 56, was killed when Hunt, who police said admitted she was painting her ﬁngernails at the time of the crash, smashed into the back of Zaffke’s motorcycle at a stoplight in Lake Zurich, Ill., about 40 miles north of Chicago last year. Greg Zaffke II of Wauconda, Ill., the victim’s son, told WGN News: “There are no winners today. There is no celebration or happiness. Two families will forever carry the hurt and anguish caused by one person’s reckless actions.” After the fatal crash, Zaffke began painting his ﬁngernails black as a reminder to anyone he meets of his mother’s death. He formed the Black Nail Brigade Foundation Against Distracted Driving (www.BlackNailBrigade.org) to publicize the dangers of distracted driving, and to boost awareness to share the road with motorcycles. Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations, says: “This episode puts into stark relief the tragedy that can result from distracted driving, and we hope that the contined efforts of Greg Zaffke and the AMA will help prevent further tragedies.”
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