Have you ever been treated poorly because of the type of bike you’re on or the way you’re dressed as a motorcyclist? Have you ever been stopped at a motorcycle-only checkpoint? Unfortunately, profiling happens. It’s undeniable. When it’s happening by a government agency, I believe it’s unlawful.
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Well the American Motorcyclist Association made an official statement regarding this practice by government agencies and you guessed it, they’re against it, too. The AMA is a great organization that represents us and fights for motorcyclists’ rights. If you’re not a member head over to their site to check out what they do.
Here’s what they had to say about profiling:
Getting harassed because of your leather jacket?
The American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors has adopted and issued an official position statement objecting to the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies, including judging riders on their chosen apparel, mode of transportation or associates, rather than specific behavior and actions.
“The AMA strongly condemns the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies and has long championed the undeniable fact that the vast majority of riders and enthusiasts are upstanding, law-abiding citizens,” the statement reads.
“Several states have considered bills aimed at curtailing the profiling of motorcyclists by law enforcement agencies and others,” said AMA Board Chair Maggie McNally-Bradshaw. “The Board believes this is an important issue facing everyone who rides, and the AMA remains at the forefront in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.”
The AMA Board of Directors adopts and publishes position statements that delineate the organization’s official stance on issues of concern. The new statement on Motorcyclist Profiling is one of seven adopted by the Board. The full statement on Motorcyclist Profiling can be found here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/motorcyclist-profiling.
The states of Washington (S.B. 5242 in 2011) and Maryland (S.B. 233 in 2016) passed legislation specifically forbidding the profiling of motorcyclists, and other states are considering similar legislation.
In 2012, California adopted A.B. 1047, outlawing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Checkpoints are also restricted by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Morgan Gales is a Southern California native who has been living on two wheels since he was a teenager. He enjoys cocktails, long walks off short piers, and goi… Continued