US Senators Want to Defund Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

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Take heart my two-wheel riding cohort: four courageous, topical, and freedom-loving senators are fighting for your right not to be discriminated against based on the number of wheels between your knees.

A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 5th aims to prohibit the use of federal funding to programs that seek to setup “motorcycle-only checkpoints.”

The aptly named, “Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act,” would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to government entities that want to make sure you and your passenger have on a helmet, amongst other things.

Citing the fact that more than half a million dollars were spent on such programs in the last two years, the bill’s authors and backers, including the AMA, would rather see that money spent on improving the scope and effectiveness of rider education.

Our valiant advocates, the AMA, have been tracking such heinous programs since they were first implemented in New York. Since then other states such as Georgia and Virginia have utilized the tactic of motorcycle-only checkpoints during large biker gatherings and events.

Let us all hope that the bill passes, and then our moto-super-hero-senators can try their hand at something a bit more ambitious.

Source: AMA