Help Stop Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

The AMA's petition to stop federal motorcycle-only checkpoints needs your help

Just recently, the American Motorcyclist Association launched a national petition drive to end federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints, and it's a cause we can all get behind.

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 petition. The petition provides an opportunity for motorcyclists to tell Congress that they object to these discriminatory, costly and ineffective motorcycle-only checkpoints.

When federally funded motorcycle-only checkpoints first appeared in New York in 2007 -- NY State Police were stopping riders traveling to and from the Americade Rally -- the AMA began tracking them and compiling data.

In 2011, Georgia also 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. Then we saw motorcycle-only checkpoints conducted in 2010 in Utah following a U.S. round of the FIM Superbike World Championship.

Four states have since outlawed the practice -- California, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia. Illinois and New Hampshire have prohibited the use of federal dollars for MOCs. Eleven states -- Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming -- have prohibited checkpoints by statute and/or judicial action. But we need to get these discriminatory actions off the books everywhere.

Sign the petition and get more info here

For more details, visit http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx