Bill Is Introduced To Prohibit Federal Funding Of Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

congressThe Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin, announced Monday, April 15th that he will file a bill to prohibit the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints.

Sensenbrenner had this to say in a “Dear Colleague” that is circulating in the House of Representatives. “In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints. Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates.”

The bill will officially be introduced on May 6, 2013 and get its official bill number then. It’s important to contact your sitting member of the House of Representatives and ask them to be an original cosponsor of this important legislation. Ask them to contact Congressman James Sensenbrenner and lend their support. An “Original Cosponsor” is someone who supports the bill before it is made public and is a way to strongly support a new bill. The more original cosponsors the better. You can contact the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The entire text of the “Dear Colleague” letter from  F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., member of Congress, is reproduced after the jump.

STOP MOTORCYCLE CHECKPOINT FUNDING

Dear Colleague,

On May 6, I will introduce a bill to protect motorcyclists’ rights and promote crash prevention as the most effective use of taxpayer money to save motorcyclists’ lives. I ask for your support as an original cosponsor of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.

In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints.

Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates.

Section 3 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act amends Section 153 of Title 23 USC by removing “motorcycle helmets” from the title. This change will prohibit the DOT from providing grants to a State to enforce helmet laws. This will stop the DOT from manipulating State policies with federal money.

Section 4 of this bill amends Section 402 of Title 23 USC. Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries. The Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would require highway safety plans to include programs that prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles. This small change will make a significant impact because it highlights that preventing accidents is the best way to save motorcyclists’ lives.
Please contact Todd Washam (todd.washam@mail.house.gov to cosponsor this bill. I look forward to your support on this important issue.

Sincerely,

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Member Of Congress.

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7 Responses to “Bill Is Introduced To Prohibit Federal Funding Of Motorcycle Only Checkpoints”


  1. 1 Greeko Apr 17th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Great.

  2. 2 Hildy Apr 18th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    If the feds do not fund these types of activities most likely the states do not spend their own money to try and implement and enforce them. We need more friends like Representative Sensenbrenner.

    If you read this legislation it goes a little further in that it prohibits DOT from continuing its national mandatory helmet campaign. Bikers of america you had better wake up. NHTSA was prohibited from lobbying states on madatory helmet laws so they pushed it over to DOT and the Center for Desease Control and the United Nations.

    These days everyone wants to be in a club, riding or MC. You had better rethink you affilation attitude and think about the organizations that protect your rights both at the national and state levels. Sit on your ass and the feds will hand it to you.

  3. 3 Shanedrive Apr 18th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    On Wisconsin, Grand ol’ Badger state!!
    Sensenbrenner is a career politician (aren’t they all trying to be?). I don’t like guys who make a career out of politics. However, he seems to be one of the more common sense guys that have done so. This has been something he’s been considering for quite some time. Glad it’s finally coming up to the surface.
    Now if we can only get some term limits………….ha ha ha, yeah right, who am I kidding.

  4. 4 Ira Dale Funderburke Apr 18th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Why dont they try 4 wheel vehicle check points for a while and leave us alone When you get stopped and harrassed,searched just because you ride a motorcycle sucks

  5. 5 Mike Greenwald Apr 18th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    It seems to me that the priorities of both parties, Democrat and Republican, can agree that this mindless game of cat and mouse is costing to much money and should be defunded. Possibly, Janet Napolitano feels that motorcyclists are terrorists and has brought this pressure to bear. Every year, there are half a million motorcyclists in Washington, D.C. over the Memorial Day Weekend without a Federal Inspection of one damned bike. Hmmmm. No middle man. No sucking up.

  6. 6 Rob Apr 18th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Left an e/m for my congressperson and sent 3 others to the more biker friendly ones in my state. Will follow up w/phone call later today. Hate havin’ my own $$$ used against me!!!!!

  7. 7 Blackmax Apr 22nd, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    About time !!!!
    If he does his part, we will do ours
    Make the phone call !!!

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