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AMA launches petition to end federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints

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The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has launched a national petition calling for an end to federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints. The petition provides an opportunity for motorcyclists to tell Congress that they object to these discriminatory, costly and ineffective motorcycle-only checkpoints. The American Motorcyclist Association began tracking motorcycle-only checkpoints when they first appeared in New York in 2007. In March 2011, using funds provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Georgia conducted roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Florida, for Bike Week. 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. 

The AMA is calling on everyone to support federal legislation—the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act (S. 2078 and H.R. 1861)—by signing the AMA-sponsored online petition.

American Motorcyclist Association

American Motorcyclist Association

The AMA 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. The AMA also provided these examples:

  • In 2011, Georgia conducted roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints as thousands of motorcyclists rode through the state on their way to Daytona Beach, Florida, 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 americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx

For a direct link to the petition, CLICK HERE.

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