On April 25, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sent a letter addressed to the conferees of the U.S. House-Senate conference committee on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act, as amended, to include language to prohibit federal funds for the implementation of motorcycle-only checkpoints (MOCs).
The AMA continues to emphasize that the primary strategy to foster motorcycle safety must be through crash prevention. Motorcyclists in the United States would be much better served by spending federal dollars to augment other programming such as the Motorcycle Crash Causation Study, which is currently under way at Oklahoma State University, to develop effective and sustainable countermeasures to decrease the likelihood of crashes from occurring in the first place.
The establishment of MOCs is a controversial and unproven method of ensuring motorcyclist safety, and has not been an efficient use of limited federal taxpayer dollars. The very existence of this program essentially profiles a group of citizens — the motorcycling community — operating a legal mode of transportation.
You are receiving this alert from the AMA because one of your federal lawmakers is a conferee on the conference committee. Therefore, it is critical for you to contact him/her now to ask for support for language that would end funding for MOCs. Just follow the “Take Action” option to send a pre-written email directly to your lawmaker.
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If you are not an AMA member and care about what is affecting riders today, please join the AMA to help protect the rights of motorcyclists. More members means more clout against interests looking to end motorcycling, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.