House bill would end funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints

Publish Date: 
May 9, 2013

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - A U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill to end funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints and to place more more emphasis on motorcycle safety programs, the American Motorcyclist Association reported.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) on May 7 introduced H.R. 1861 to prohibit the U.S. Transportation Department from providing funds to state and local authorities for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The bill, called the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act, also has language to force U.S. transportation officials to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs rather than national helmet mandates.

"Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries," Sensenbrenner said. "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," he said.

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