MRF Call to Action on Motorcycle Only Roadblocks

12NR19 - MRF News Release - Call to Action - Sensenbrenner Letter

29 May 2012

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Call to Action - Sensenbrenner Letter

US Representative James Sensenbrenner is asking all Members of the United States House of Representatives to co-sign a letter he is sending to the leadership running the Highway bill conference committee.

The letter urges the leadership to include the language from HR 904, the bill that prohibits any future federal funding of motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. HR 904 has bipartisan support. Sensenbrenner is asking for signatures before June 5th, so time is of the essence.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is asking you to call your Federal Representative and ask them to sign onto the Sensenbrenner motorcycle-only checkpoint letter. Pick up the phone and make this important call, its crucial to the future of motorcycling.

With the June 5th deadline, its important to contact your Federal Representatives as soon as possible.

You can reach them through the US Capitol switchboard: 202 224 3121

Should you not know who your Federal Representative is, you can use this website to look it up:

The text of the letter is below:

Senator Barbara Boxer
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
410 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator James M. Inhofe
Ranking Member
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
456 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Representative John L. Mica
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Representative Nick J. Rahall II
Ranking Member
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
2163 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Committee Chairs and Ranking Members:

There is broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and among motorcycle groups across the country, for efforts by Congress to prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from funding motorcycle-only-checkpoints (MOCs). We respectfully request that the House-Senate conference committee support this effort by including H.R. 904 in the surface transportation reauthorization conference report.

This provision would prohibit the DOT from providing funds to state and local governments for the purpose of establishing MOCs. MOCs 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.

In addition, DOT should be prohibited from making funds available for MOCs because there are more effective uses of taxpayer money to address motorcycle safety. DOT should focus on programs to instruct motorcyclists on the importance of proper licensing, rider education, and motorcycle awareness campaigns. These efforts will do more to prevent motorcycle crashes than mandatory checkpoints to inspect helmets and tailpipes.

You may recall that H.R. 904 has more than 40 bipartisan cosponsors. Including this language in the conference report would be a victory for encouraging effective motorcycle safety efforts.

Thank you for your consideration.


US Representative James Sensenbrenner