This week, the American Motorcyclist Association launched a national petition drive to end federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints.
And now, the AMA is calling on Ultimate MotorCycling readers to support federal legislation – the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act (S. 2078 and H.R. 1861) – by signing an AMA-sponsored petition. The petition, which can be found here, provides an opportunity for motorcyclists to tell Congress that they object to these discriminatory, costly and ineffective motorcycle-only checkpoints.
Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints Background
The American Motorcyclist Association began tracking federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints when they first appeared in New York in 2007, when New York State Police stopped motorcyclists traveling to and from the Americade motorcycle rally.
In 2011, Georgia conducted roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Fla., for Bike Week in March.
Another motorcycle-only checkpoint was conducted in northern Virginia during one of the nation’s most visible motorcycle rallies — Rolling Thunder — over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend.
Motorcycle-only checkpoints were also conducted in 2010 in Utah following a U.S. round of the FIM Superbike World Championship.
For more details, visit http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx.