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Motorcycle Only Checkpoint Ban Legislation Introduced

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) announced April 16th that he filed a bill, H.R. 1861, to prohibit the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports.

Sensenbrenner had this to say; “This bill protects motorcyclists’ rights and promotes crash prevention. Motorcycle only checkpoints profile motorcyclists, using taxpayer money to corral them along the highway and check for infractions that do not cause crashes. Preventing accidents is the best use of taxpayer funds and the most effective way to save motorcyclists lives.”

It is important to contact your sitting member of the House of Representatives and ask them to be a co-sponsor of this important legislation. Ask them to contact Congressman James Sensenbrenner and lend their support as co-sponsor of H.R. 1861.

This bill joins a similar one currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. S 127 was introduced in January by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). S 127 also prohibits the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints. If you have not done so already, contact your two U.S. Senators and ask for their support of S 127.

You can contact the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

This legislation will be one of the main points of focus during the upcoming national motorcycle lobby day, Bikers Inside the Beltway, May 14th, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Be a part of what is most certainly the most important day for motorcyclists. Contact the MRF office should you need help arranging your visit to D.C. and setting up meetings with your Representatives and Senators.