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The letter stated: “MOCs [motorcycle-only checkpoints] are a controversial and unproven method of addressing motorcyclist safety and have not been an efficient use of limited federal dollars. The very existence of this program essentially profiles a group of citizens — the motorcycling community — for operating a legal mode of transportation.”
The letter, addressed to the conference committee chairs and ranking members, added: “The DOT should focus on programs to instruct motorcyclists on the importance of proper licensing, rider education, and motorcycle awareness campaigns.”
Representatives who signed the letter, in addition to Sensenbrenner and Petri, are (alphabetically): Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), Roscoe Bartlett (R- Md.), Dan Benisheck (R-Mich.), Mark Critz (D-Pa.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Corey Gardner (R-Colo.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Kathleen Hochul (D-N.Y.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), John Kline (R-Minn.), Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Allen West (R-Fla.), and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
The AMA thanks these members of Congress for protecting the motorcycle lifestyle, and encourages motorcyclists in these representative’s districts to thank them for their support. The AMA will issue further bulletins as news about this important measure becomes available.