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checkpoint update

Postby governmentdocuments » Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:26 pm

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12NR01 - MRF News Release - US House Committee Targets Federal Funding of Motorcycle Only Roadside Checkpoints

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01 February 2012

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs


US House Committee Targets Federal Funding of Motorcycle Only Roadside Checkpoints

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that Wednesday, February 1st, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure rolled out the latest version of the highway bill. The bill is the long term funding bill for road construction and highway programs.

This version of the bill takes aim at a controversial practice of the Department of Transportation which funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints with taxpayer dollars.

The checkpoints have drawn much criticism from the motorcycle community at large. So much so, that longtime motorcycle champion Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) had introduced legislation to end the program by prohibiting any future Federal funding of any motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. That bill is HR 904. The mammoth highway bill includes the same language as contained in HR 904.

Representative Sensenbrenner had this to say, "We need to focus on proven methods of motorcycle safety, including crash prevention, rider education, and training and proper licensing. Motorcycle-only checkpoints are an intrusive governmental overreach that place an undue burden on riders while doing little to actually improve safety," He added, "It is encouraging to see that the transportation reauthorization bill will encourage more efficient use of taxpayer dollars and smart motorcycle safety policy."

Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), a staunch defender of the motorcyclists, had this comment on the issue, “Motorcycle riders are right to be outraged at being singled out for safety inspections," Petri said. "Nobody is suggesting flagging cars down for unscheduled inspections, and there's no good reason why motorcycles should be treated differently. It's unnecessarily intrusive, and not a smart way to use limited police resources."

We at the MRF could not agree more. While swift passage into law is not likely, this is certainly an encouraging step.

The MRF will keep you updated on this issue.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby jerlbaum » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:30 pm

I shared this on FB, and on the NYMSTF FB group.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby adelie » Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:37 pm

I haven't seen or heard of a checkpoint or have gotten an alert recently. Does this mean this bill has grabbed the attention of the PD?
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby Brad Berson » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:54 pm

Are you signed up for the alerts via Twitter, using the instructions at http://NYMSTF.org/cas ?

PM me if you want. The alert system is working fine and there have been several.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby adelie » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:16 pm

I am on both the twitter feed and RSS as I commute to work via my bike. I haven't seen anything since 8/12 so I wondered if the PD found other stuff to do.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby Brad Berson » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:53 pm

Since it's only 8/27/2012 I don't think that's a great achievement to not have seen an alert.

It has been quiet since the Dominican Day parade, which is not very long ago.

Bear in mind we also depend completely on public submissions so if there was a checkpoint somewhere around here and nobody reported it, it will not be reflected on the alert system.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby adelie » Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:32 pm

Cool.

I ride (almost) every day, So if I see one, which I hope I never do, I will report it immediately.
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Re: checkpoint update

Postby jerlbaum » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:25 pm

Brad Berson wrote:Bear in mind we also depend completely on public submissions so if there was a checkpoint somewhere around here and nobody reported it, it will not be reflected on the alert system.



You mean the NYPD doesn't send you a tweet when they set up a checkpoint? :lol8:
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