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Good news but your support is needed to ensure success. 

Senators from New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wisconsin have put forward a bill to prohibit the federal government from funding motorcycle only checkpoints!  As it stands today the federal government provides a majority of states funds to setup motorcycle only “safety” checkpoints.

As an example Georgia received a $70,000 grant to hold two checkpoints on two major interstates highways that connected with Florida.  Does not sound like a big deal until you notice that the checkpoints coincided with the opening and closing of Daytona Bike Week!  Wonder how much money Georgia raised in fines and tickets?

So why is this a big deal?  From my POV I register by bike with my state annually, I have to pass an annual safety inspection both of which I have to pay money to the state just like cars.  But, unlike cars, I am possibly subject to additional investigation and inspection just because I ride a bike.  That is not right on many levels.

If you agree that this is an area in which the Federal Government need to stay out of contact your state’s Senators.  You can contact them by calling the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.

For more information you can review the Motorcycle Rider Foundation press release here and a news article from the Washington Times here.

Comments
  1. Wow, I had no idea. Convenient scheduling during Daytona bike week. Thanks for the education. That is not right!!

    • Several states have passed laws to prevent this within their borders already. If this gets through the senate it will be the 1st step of a looonnnggg process to become a bill.

      Reminds me of the old schoolhouse rocks ….I am a bill!

  2. Sad to see this sort of thing is happening in other parts of the world. Not just in the land of Oz

    • I agree! While not as bad as your “Vlad” law it still is pain. But we have folks that really push back on these type of things. At least 5 states, including the one I in which I live, have proved laws forbidding this type of action!

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