Motorcycle News Georgia Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is urging riders nationwide to contact Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to urge him to stop the Georgia State Patrol from conducting any motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints.

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists from around the nation could be subject to Georgia motorcycle-only checkpoints if those checkpoints are in place before, during and after Daytona (Fla.) Bike Week, which runs March 4-13.

Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government affairs, suggests that riders contact the governor through the AMA website at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/issueslegislation and ask that any motorcycle-only checkpoints be suspended until key questions are answered. Those questions, which have been posed by the AMA to Deal and other officials, include: How do motorcycle-only checkpoints increase the safety of motorcyclists? Where do states draw their authority to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints? Is “probable cause” required to stop a motorcycle and, if so, what constitutes probable cause?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave Georgia a $70,000 grant to conduct one or more roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints. New York state has operated a similar program. The AMA has been tracking this disturbing development of motorcycle-only checkpoints since it first appeared in New York several years ago.

“The AMA believes that the primary source of motorcycle safety is in motorcycle crash prevention and not in arbitrarily pulling over riders and randomly subjecting them to roadside inspections,” Moreland said.

“The NHTSA should focus on decreasing the likelihood of crashes from occurring in the first place,” Moreland said. “No public money should be applied to promoting such a program without first addressing questions from the motorcycling community,” he said.

In addition to letters submitted to the past and present governors of Georgia, the AMA has questioned the potential discriminatory and legal nature of this program and submitted a list of questions for clarification to the New York State Police concerning that agency’s program.

The AMA also sent a letter to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland urging him to suspend the grant program that gives states money for motorcycle-only checkpoints until questions have been addressed. To view the AMA’s letter, click here: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/legisltn/documents/Strickland_Law_Enforcement_Grant_8-9-2010.pdf. To view Strickland’s response, click here: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/legisltn/documents/Strickland_11-15-2010.pdf.

Comments

  1. Mitch Whitehead says:

    I ride a softail custom with drag pipes and 18″ apes. These are non issues in TN and FL My best friend rides a heritage with V&ampH Big Radius without baffles. Four of our other good friends with comparable bikes have planned for a year to head for Daytona around 3/8
    I don’t even know if we’ll make it in light of these way out check points in GA Why don’t they just make 95 a toll road. I’d gladly pay and wouldn’t feel like I live in communism.
    Mitch

  2. james moore says:

    imeant to say thats the things he SHOULD be concerned about not our motorcycles

  3. james moore says:

    i think this sounds like discrimination,i dont see nor do i understand why the governor of ga thinks its ok to pick out certian vehicles to run through checkpoints if he is going to have a check point it should be just the same as everyone elses,if this was ok he could just say i want all red camaros or all f150 trucks to go through my checkpoints motorcycles are just vehicles like any other vehicle so why pick on motorcyclist or bikers as they try to lable us,please dont discriminate against us for we are a very big part of this country too and at least we are not ilegal aliens here taking everyone elses jobs and living on welfare thats the things he is concerned about not our motorcycles!

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