New York Freedom Riders Position On Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

On October 9, 2007, a motorcycle safety checkpoint was conducted in the Town
of East Fishkill, New York. Collaborating in the checkpoints were the New
York State Police, Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, the Town of Kent and
Town of East Fishkill Police Departments, and NYS Department of Motor
Vehicles Field Investigations Unit. State Police were also in position to
assist in escorting motorcyclists back to the checkpoint if they failed to
enter the designated area. The checkpoint was modeled similar to a
commercial vehicle checkpoint and the Officers and DMV investigators
conducted inspections for proper licenses, safety helmets, exhaust systems
and other safety and regulatory violations. The purpose of the checkpoint
was to increase motorcycle safety by insuring compliance with applicable
Vehicle & Traffic Laws.

Enforcement data that resulted from this operation includes:

. Number of motorcycles through the checkpoint - 280
. Number of motorcycles inspected - 225
. Number of tickets issued at motorcycle inspection site - 64

Of the 64 tickets issued to motorcyclists at the inspection site, 41 were
for unapproved helmets, 7 for illegal exhaust systems, 3 for unlicensed
operation and 13 other various violations.

In addition to the traffic violations noted above, the DMV investigators
identified three custom motorcycles that had non-conforming Vehicle
Identification Numbers. The operators of these motorcycles will be required
to appear at a DMV Field Office with their motorcycles for a more
comprehensive investigation.

The New York Freedom Riders do not condone this type of program to improve
motorcycle safety. We feel it is unconstitutional to stop anyone at
checkpoints, including motorcyclists, for no reason other than to issue
tickets. This particular checkpoint gave the police an opportunity to target
a specific mode of transportation which is discrimination and not about
motorcycle safety.

As always, The New York Freedom Riders promote motorcycle education and
informing motorists to watch for motorcycles as a solution to the fatalities
and injuries in New York State.

If you are interested in fighting this unlawful activity, please contact the
New York Freedom Riders by email: .

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Results from State Police Motorcycle Safety Checkpoint: