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New Virginia Law Bars Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

In a victory for motorcyclists, Virginia is the latest state to bar motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. On Feb. 28, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law H.B. 187, which was introduced by Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). The new law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing […]

US House Bill Has Trails Funding, No Money For Motorcycle Checkpoints

Renewed funding for motorized trails and a ban on funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints are included in a major federal transportation bill being considered by a key U.S. House committee, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to vote Feb. 2 on a transportation funding authorization bill — H.R. […]

Virginia Considering Motorcycle-Only Checkpoint Ban

Several states have attempted to set up motorcycle-only checkpoints in order to perform safety checks, but the legality of solely ticketing motorcyclists has been disputed. Virginia now finds itself at the center of controversy after the state allegedly singled out riders during the Virginia Beach Bike Classic. Matt Danielson, counsel to the Virginia Coalition of […]

American Motorcyclist Association Seeks End to Virginia Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has expressed concern to Gov. Bob McDonnell over a recent motorcycle-only checkpoint in northern Virginia, calling the stop “discriminatory.” The Arlington County (Va.) Police Department conducted a motorcycle-only checkpoint on May 28 during the annual Rolling Thunder gathering in Washington, D.C. The Rolling Thunder event, held May 27-29, involved tens […]

Lawmakers Back Ban on Funding for Motorcycle-only Checkpoints, want Focus on Motorcycle Crash Prevention

Federal lawmakers have sent a bipartisan letter to the leadership of a key U.S. House committee to urge support for a bill that prohibits federal funding for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. The lawmakers are also urging support for a measure to retain a ban on lobbying at the state level […]

AMA Get Out and Ride Your Way! Week: April 4-10

It may not be spring in every corner of America, but that won’t stop tens of thousands of American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) members from enjoying the thrill of motorcycling during AMA Get Out and Ride Your Way! Week, April 4-10. The first week of AMA Get Out and Ride! Month kicks off a month-long online […]

Georgia Bikers Ride on Washington to Protest Checkpoints

A group of bikers from Georgia took their grievance with a federal grant designed to fund motorcycle-only checkpoints all the way to Washington D.C., organizing a rally for bikers’ rights. The checkpoints are set up on major interstates in Georgia and supported by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to […]

Bill introduced to block motorcycle-only checkpoints

A federal lawmaker has introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from giving money to states and local jurisdictions for motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. On March 3, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced the bill. The legislation, with original co-sponsors Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would […]

Georgia to implement bike checkpoints for Daytona

The question of motorcycle-only checkpoints is a hot debate in the biking community, and it’s about to get hotter, as the state of Georgia has announced plans to institute the checkpoints on major roads leading down into Florida, potentially subjecting thousands of bikers traveling to Daytona Bike Week to searches and inspections. Georgia claims that […]

Riders asked to oppose 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 […]