Congress Expresses Concern with Federal Motorcycle Roadside
Checkpoint Grant Program
Representatives call for the suspension of Federally funded
motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. US Representative James
Sensenbrenner (WI) took the lead on a letter to Ray LaHood,
Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, asking
him to address the benefits of motorcycle only checkpoints. As
previously announced by the MRF, LaHood’s DOT recently asked for
applications from law enforcement agencies to conduct federally
funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.
letter goes on to encourage Mr. LaHood to suspend funding for
National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland's
program until the questions are answered. Sensenbrenner was joined
on the letter by Representatives; Petri (WI), Jones (NC), Schock
(IL), Lanborn (IA), McCotter (MI), Ryan (WI), Rehberg (MT), Terry
(NE), Paul (TX), and Wilson (SC). Of note are Shock and Wilson
who have respectively key noted Motorcycle Riders Foundation Meeting
of Minds and Beast of the East this year.
would like to thank all of those who heeded the call to gather
support for this important matter. Should you be fortunate enough to
have one of these outstanding Members of Congress that signed onto
the letter, the MRF encourages you to contact them and thank them.
Ralph Bell of ABATE of SC had this to say to his Member of Congress,
Joe Wilson: "I not only appreciate your signing on this letter but
applaud your no nonsense understanding of what Freedom is. This
grant is definitely against all
of our Freedoms and discriminates against us because of what
Thanks again for your support."
letter asks that Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States
Department of Transportation, address the benefits of
motorcycle-only checkpoints by October 13th. The letter goes
on to encourage Mr. LaHood to suspend funding for National Highway
Traffic Safety Administrator Strickland;s program.
Read the letter here.
Motorcycle Riders Foundation will keep you updated on this issue.
Street Journal attacks California’s Motorcycle Awareness
at the Wall Street Journal are not so fond of the Golden States
decision to honor the motorcyclists of California. The opinion piece
claims that the awareness month bill is part of a pile of
legislation that should not have been passed before the State
balances its growing budget crisis. Assembly Republican leader
Martin Garrick defended the legislation pointing out the need "to
honor motorcyclists many contributions to the community". At least
those in power have the right idea. We at the MRF have our opinion
of journalists who attempt to diminish motorcyclists. Take a guess
what that would be. Read the article for yourself and feel free to
contact the author.
Read the Wall Street Journal article here.
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