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Are motorcycle-only checkpoints in the rear view mirror?


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Yes is the answer, if you live in California, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia!  This is great news for our AMA members and motorcyclists in those states. However, for the rest of the states, the AMA continues to keep the pressure on.

At the federal level, H.R. 904 continues to gain support. This bill would prohibit federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints. Currently, the bill has 53 bipartisan cosponsors and more are expected to support it. If your representative is not a cosponsor, urge him or her to cosponsor today by using our alert. It is easy to use and takes very little time.

The AMA and other motorcycling organizations attempted to insert H.R. 904 in the transportation reauthorization conference report—a massive transportation spending authorization plan that was recently approved by Congress. Many AMA members and riders helped by contacting their representatives to urge them to include H.R. 904 in the report. The AMA is very appreciative of all who took action. Unfortunately, the House-Senate conferees to the conference committee failed to adopt the language.

This was a missed opportunity by Congress to say to the motorcycling community that profiling a legal mode of transportation is unacceptable.

Be assured, the AMA will continue to explore all avenues to either pass H.R. 904 as a stand-alone bill or attach it to another legislative vehicle. To stay informed of our latest efforts on the MOC issue, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/motorcycleonlycheckpoints.aspx.

This is just one of many examples of the work the AMA is doing to help protect your freedoms to ride and race.

It may take some time, but with your help motorcycle-only checkpoints will be in the rear view mirror soon!

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