Virginia bill to end motorcycle-only checkpoints

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Virginia bill to end motorcycle-only checkpoints

Postby Andrea » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:42 am

http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/alert ... ow_alert=1

From the AMA:

Virginia: Bill to end motorcycle-only checkpoints heads to governor for signature
Urge Gov. McDonnell to support HB-187!


On Feb. 13, the Virginia Senate unanimously approved HB-187, which prohibits motorcycle-only checkpoints. The bill heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell for consideration. Now is the time to contact the governor to urge him to sign HB-187 into law.
The General Assembly passed HB-187 by a vote of 85-10 on Jan. 31. To see how the delegates voted, click here.

House Delegate C. Todd Gilbert introduced HB-187 on Jan. 11.The bill prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing checkpoints where the only vehicles subject to inspection are motorcycles.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) applauds Gilbert for introducing HB-187. To view the AMA's letter of support to Gilbert, click here.

This bill was introduced because the Arlington County Police Department implemented a motorcycle-only checkpoint (MOC) during Rolling Thunder on May 28. In a previous alert, the AMA informed the motorcycling community of this action. For more information on this, click here.

A similar bill was introduced in North Carolina and has been signed into law. The North Carolina bill prevents law enforcement from implementing MOCs. To view the North Carolina bill, click here.

With states facing tight budgets, there are better ways to spend limited resources than on MOCs. If MOCs are truly about safety, law enforcement authorities should be pulling over all vehicles.

Since HB-187 is heading to the governor's desk for his consideration, time is of the essence to contact him. The AMA needs your help to make HB-187 law. You can find contact information for the governor at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues & Legislation, then enter your zip code in the "Find your Officials" box. A prewritten email is available for you to send to your elected official immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information.

To call McDonnell, click here to insert your zip code in the "Call Action" box to get the governor's office phone number. Talking points are provided for you to use with this call alert.

In conclusion, the AMA strongly encourages you to write and/or call the governor today and ask him to sign HB-187 into law.
Andrea
 
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