Do Something Positive For Your Fellow Riders and Sign This Petition
If you check us out once in awhile, you know our take on the heinous, unconstitutional practice that is the “motorcycle only checkpoint.”
In a nutshell, the motorcycle only checkpoint is a road stop set up purely to harass motorcyclists under the thinly-veiled pretext of undertaking “safety” inspections by the authorities. Cagers get a pass, bikers have to stop by the side of the road – generally without regard to any sort of reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing – and in the process, the United States Constitution takes a poke in the eye.
This kind of stop is no less than profiling, and we all know what that really means. “Profiling” is the usual excuse authorities use to stop motorists without due cause and subject them to unreasonable search and delays. If you’ve ever been through one, you know how annoying and pointless they can be in terms of accomplishing what the authorities say is their stated purpose.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is on board with riders as he urges members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign a letter addressed to the leadership of the House-Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee to include H.R. 904 in the conference report.
So what is H.R. 904?
It’s a little gem that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants – or that matter any taxpayer funds – to states or local governments they can use to pay for motorcycle-only checkpoints.
So what can you do to help out and make sure Sensenbrenner’s H.R. 904 becomes the law of the land?
Beat the June 5 deadline and express your displeasure to the powers that be by adding your ‘signature’ to this online petition. Join the members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) by contacting your representative and demanding that they sign on to the letter.
The fastest way to reach your member of Congress is to call them, and this online form even provides you some handy talking points to hit during your call.
If you’re pressed for time, a pre-written email is available for you to send to your representatives by following the “Take Action” option and entering your zipcode to select your local representative and then filling out a short form.
Do this thing. You’ll be saving us all a summer of annoying and unconstitutional intrusions into our freedom to ride American roads.