News California & Illinois Enact Motorcycle Checkpoints

California & Illinois Enact Motorcycle Checkpoints

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Motorcycle-Only Checkpoint News

California and Illinois are the latest states to take stands against motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

California’s governor signed a bill into law on July 13 to ban motorcycle-only checkpoints, while Illinois’ governor recently signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of federal funding for law enforcement to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints.

Virginia and North Carolina also recently put laws on the books banning motorcycle-only checkpoints, and New Hampshire prohibits the use of federal dollars for them.

Wayne Allard (AMA Vice President for Government Relations) says: “Officials say they set up these motorcycle-only checkpoints to pull over motorcyclists to check for safety violations.

“But if officials are really concerned about motorcyclists’ safety, then they need to stop discriminating against motorcyclists with these checkpoints and start supporting programs that prevent motorcycle crashes, such as rider safety training and driver awareness programs.”

The AMA opposes motorcycle-only checkpoints and has been tracking the discriminatory practice since it first appeared in New York several years ago.

For more information on the issue, visit americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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