As far as I am concerned, and I just checked again the definition of “profiling”, to organize motorcycle only checkpoints fits perfectly in the register of discriminatory tools creating a kind of social sorting and segmentation with very unfair effects on bikers. You may or you may not know, if you didn’t experiment it, that motorcycle only checkpoints are more and more frequent in the US. Last example of this police practice was in North Carolina at the beginning of the month. A Holly Ridge motorcycle checkpoint was organized near jacksonville, NC with state officials justifying it by stating that it was “to protect the motorcycle rider and his passenger”.
So, they didn’t stop cars because they didn’t want to protect as much car drivers and their passengers!?!? This checkpoint was the second statewide and part of a new initiative by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Singling out motorcycles on the highway is discriminatory, said Janice MacKay, director of the N.C. chapter of B.O.L.T. (Bikers of Lesser Tolerance). In response to MacKay’s complaints David Weinstein the program’s director stated that “Studies have shown that this method of traffic law enforcement is most effective in encouraging voluntary compliance with highway safety laws. A motorcycle checkpoint is not designed to discourage operation of motorcycles but to protect the driver and passenger because motorcycles are more difficult to drive than automobiles”. MacKay, who recently lost a bid for an N.C. Senate seat, is of course not satisfied with Weinstein’s answers. She sent a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue calling for an immediate end to what she calls motorcycle profiling. Have you ever been victim of police profiling? Tell your story (stock picture not in NC).