Category Archives: Motorcycle Checkpoint

Gov. Brown Signs A Law That Stop Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

Under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today, California motorists can dictate, send or listen to text-based messages while they’re behind the wheel if they’re using voice-activated, hands-free devices.

Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 1536 alters state law to treat texting much as it does wireless telephone calls now: Motorists can engage in such activities provided that they are not holding cellular phones or other electronic devices.

Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, paints AB 1536, which takes effect Jan. 1, as allowing drivers to use the “most modern communications systems and devices while maintaining the safety of hands-free operation,” according to a legislative committee analysis.

Miller contends that Americans spend an average of 64 minutes per day commuting to and from work, and that it is “unfair to require them to be out of touch while behind the wheel as long as they are abiding by the law,” the analysis said.

Other bills Brown signed today included Assembly Bill 1047, to prohibit law enforcement from conducting motorcycle-only checkpoints, and Assembly Bill 1854 to bar the rewiring of an airbag safety system to indicate it is functional when it is not.

Source: Sac Bee
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Congress Addresses Motorcycle Checkpoints

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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.

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