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DC Insider: Motorcycle-only checkpoint bill arrives in U.S. Senate

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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.

If you have not already, let your senators know how important this issue is to you. Please follow this link, fill in your information at the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”

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.

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Comments  3

  • david murray 07 Mar

    m/c only checkpoints are wrong.
  • Mark Stanton 07 Mar

    Motorcycle only check points are selective enforcement and should not be allowed.  If a law enforcement agency is checking for something specific they should check all vehicle that approach a check point for that one particular item.  Other than that I believe a case could be made for illegal search.

    My view on helmets is different that the AMA's.  I was Safety Officer for the Great Salt Lake Chapter of  H.O.G..  For several years as such I wrote a monthly safety article for the chapter newsletter.  I researched prior to writing on safety related topics.  Helmets make a big difference in the outcome of motorcycle crashes.  There is no down side to wearing a helmet.  I heard all the excuses from chapter members; they are hot, heavy, uncomfortable, can't find one that fits, etc.  Statistics do not lie, helmets save lives and save the brains of those that live through a crash.  Motorcycle manufactures continue to make advances in technology that makes motorcycles safer, training can help riders learn how to avoid crashes and ride safer, but just as seat belts are required in autos helmets should be required for motorcycle riders.

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