stand in solidarity together with the AMA,TMRA2,MRF, ABATE, MMA and all citizen
motorcyclists in the United States
against the Un-Constitutional use of
motorcycle only checkpoints being implemented in Georgia ! Coming to your State
use the press release below from the AMA to write your State Senators and
Representatives in your State to solicit
grant money being used by the Federal Government to induce other States to
participate in this tyranny!
you know we have voiced our disapproval recently with this, our work is not
finished by any means, it has just begun!
introduced to prohibit funding discriminatory motorcycle-only
your Representative to support today!
March 3, 2011, Representative
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
introduced legislation that would prohibit the Secretary of
Transportation from providing grants or any funds to states or local
governments to be used for any program to create motorcycle-only
checkpoints (MOCs). In addition to Sensenbrenner, Reps. Tom
are original cosponsors. Because MOCs are discriminatory and have not been
proven effective, the American
Motorcyclist Association (AMA)
strongly supports this new legislative effort and urges motorcyclists to
take action to assure passage. The AMA needs your help to contact your
Representative immediately and urge them to cosponsor this legislation.
This bill came about in response to the Motorcycle Law Enforcement
Demonstrations Grant (DTNH22-10-R-00386) program administered by the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can view the
grant notice here.
begun in New York State, the process involves establishing checkpoints in
which only motorcycles are pulled over and subjected to a series of
As you may know, the state of Georgia was the only state to receive a
grant in the amount of $70,000 from the NHTSA program to create MOCs. The
grant will be used to conduct one or more roadside motorcycle-only checks
in accordance with what was outlined in the Request for Applications. The
Georgia State Patrol (GSP) will oversee the day-to-day operation of the
On October 26, 2010, the AMA sent a letter to Georgia's former Governor
Sonny Perdue requesting he suspend the implementation of the grant until
questions raised by the motorcycling community are addressed. The former
governor did not respond to AMA's letter. Therefore, the AMA sent another
letter, dated February 15, 2011, to Georgia's newly-elected Governor
To see AMA's letter, click
AMA cautions riders traveling through the state of Georgia that the GSP
may mobilize the MOC before, during and after Daytona Bike Week.
In addition to the letters submitted to the past and present governors of
Georgia, the AMA has questioned the potential discriminatory and legal
nature of this program and submitted a list of questions for clarification
to the New York State Police. To date, New York authorities have not
responded. The AMA also sent a letter to the NHTSA Administrator David
Strickland urging him to suspend the grant program until questions have
been addressed. To view AMA's letter, click
To view Administrator Strickland's response, click
on September 30, 2010, Sensenbrenner, along with some of his congressional
colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary
The congressional letter urged LaHood to suspend the grant program that
would expand the highly criticized practice of creating motorcycle-only
checkpoints by law enforcement agencies. The AMA strongly supports this
important letter. To see the congressional letter, click
AMA believes that the primary source of motorcycle safety is in motorcycle
crash prevention and not in arbitrarily pulling over riders and randomly
subjecting them to roadside inspections. The NHTSA should focus on
decreasing the likelihood of crashes from occurring in the first place.
The methods used in New York State and possibly Georgia remain highly
suspect and no public money should be applied to promoting such a program
without first addressing questions from the motorcycling community.
Specifically, how do MOCs increase the safety of motorcyclists? Where do
the selected states draw their authority to conduct MOCs? Will
"probable cause" be required to stop a motorcycle under the
terms of this grant program? If so, what will constitute "probable
cause?" What types of infractions were recorded by New York law
enforcement officials at these checkpoints? What criteria will be used to
determine if the MOCs are successful? Do states have the jurisdiction to
inspect vehicles registered in another state? And, how was the safety of
motorcyclists improved by the use of MOCs?
This bill is critical to ending the discriminatory practice of MOCs. The
motorcycling community needs you to contact your Representative now to ask
them to cosponsor Sensenbrenner's new bill to end funding for MOCs. Just
follow the "Take Action" option to send a pre-written e-mail
directly to your Representative.
Be sure to forward this to your motorcycling friends! The AMA needs
motorcyclists to unite against MOCs.
Now on this important issue!