Washington DC Senators from New Hampshire, Wisconsin and West Virginia have introduced legislation to end federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The bill was introduced Wednesday March 5th and is Co-Sponsored by both Republican and Democratic Senators.
The bill would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from issuing grants to states to set up checkpoints where motorcycle riders are targeted by police to check that their vehicles meet state standards for noise, tire condition and other requirements, and are also checked for safety gear during the checkpoints.
The senators argue that the checkpoints are discriminatory, and unnecessary since motorcycle riders are subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other drivers.
To send a pre-written letter to your Senator asking him or her to support this bill, click over to the AMA website for a form you can fill online.