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 […]

Scooter Sales Skyrocket Due to High Fuel Prices

High gas prices may be hurting some sectors of the American economy, but others are booming. One of the groups that is really benefiting from the spike in fuel costs is scooter manufacturers. According to data from the Motorcycle Industry Council reported by USA Today, sales of gas-powered scooters are up a whopping 50 percent […]

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 […]

Motorcyclists Across the Country Anxiously Await Court Decision on Constitutionality of New York’s Motorcycle Checkpoint Program

Motorcyclists across the nation are awaiting a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York which they hope will declare New York’s “motorcycle only” roadway checkpoints to be unconstitutional. The case Wagner et al. v. The County of Schenectady, et al. could end up in the United States Supreme Court. […]

Lawmakers Urge Suspension of Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

Federal lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to suspend a grant program that provides money for law enforcement agencies to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. In a letter dated Sept. 30, House members told LaHood that safety-related funds would be better spent […]