Motorcycle profiling resolution introduced in the House of Representatives

By Kali Kotoski

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), introduced a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 aimed at limiting the discriminate profiling of motorcycle riders and promoting greater collaboration between the motorcycle and law enforcement communities. 

“Michigan has a strong and vibrant riding community, myself included, that use motorcycles as a source of recreation and transportation,” Walberg said in a statement. “Making sure riders are free from profiling coincides with motorcyclists’ appreciation for our law enforcement community. I’m proud to work with Rep. Burgess on this effort to foster a greater understanding of the issue of motorcycle profiling and ensure our roads and highways are safe for all to enjoy.”

Burgess said that with Texas being home to thousands of motorcyclists, he is committed to advocating for riders both on and off the road. 

The resolution text identifies motorcycle profiling as ” the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related apparel as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the Constitution of the United States.”

Walberg and Burgess are co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus which aims to improve public knowledge of motorcycle issues, promote safety on the roadways, and encourage Americans to enjoy responsible motorcycle riding. 

Read the full text of H.Res. 255.

 

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