17Apr

Bill To Prohibit Federal Funding Of Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

According to Cyril Huze resources a Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin, announced on April 15th that he will file a bill to prohibit the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints. This bill would disallow Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing the money to state and local authorities for the intention of creating motorcycle only checkpoints. The bill will also have language to force the DOT to focus on motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, and not the other way around. The official date of the bill being introduced is May 6th, 2013 and will receive its official bill number.

STOP MOTORCYCLE CHECKPOINT FUNDING

Dear Colleague,

On May 6, I will introduce a bill to protect motorcyclists’ rights and promote crash prevention as the most effective use of taxpayer money to save motorcyclists’ lives. I ask for your support as an original cosponsor of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.

In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints.

Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates.

Section 3 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act amends Section 153 of Title 23 USC by removing “motorcycle helmets” from the title. This change will prohibit the DOT from providing grants to a State to enforce helmet laws. This will stop the DOT from manipulating State policies with federal money.

Section 4 of this bill amends Section 402 of Title 23 USC. Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries. The Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would require highway safety plans to include programs that prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles. This small change will make a significant impact because it highlights that preventing accidents is the best way to save motorcyclists’ lives.

Please contact Todd Washam todd.washam@mail.house.gov to cosponsor this bill. I look forward to your support on this important issue.

Sincerely,

F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Member Of Congress.