On March 5, a group of U.S. senators introduced the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.
This bill – similar to H.R. 1861 – would prevent the Secretary of Transportation from providing any grants to state or local governments to pay for helmet-use enforcement or to create a motorcycle-only checkpoint.
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The introduction in the Senate of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act is an important step toward ending federal subsidies for motorcycle-only checkpoints. Now, it will be possible to demonstrate bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress to end this ineffective and discriminatory practice.
As I argued in a previous post, the checkpoints threaten the freedoms of all riders – not just those that get ensnared in them.
These bills send a message to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration that, while it can “consider any feasible approach” to reduce crashes, Congress is cognizant of the rights of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints are not a feasible option.
Currently, four U.S. Senators are on record supporting the legislation – Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
The AMA will keep you posted on the progress of ending federal funding for MOCs as the 113th Congress begins its last push to consider legislation before campaigning begins in earnest.