Dear Mr. Rumschlag,
Thank you for contacting me with regard to motorcycle checkpoints. I appreciate hearing from you.
you may know, motorcycle only checkpoints are used by law enforcement
to stop passing motorcyclists while they check for compliance with
state laws covering license endorsement, helmet use, and exhaust
systems, among other things. On March 5, 2014, Senator Jeanne Shaheen
(D-NH) introduced the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act (S. 2078),
which was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation. This legislation would prohibit the Secretary of
Transportation from providing funds to states, localities, and Indian
tribes for any program which checks motorcycle helmet use or creates
motorcycle checkpoints that specifically target motorcycle operators or
weather, recreational parks and beaches, and scenic highways make our
state ideal for motorcyclists. As a result, we must ensure that
motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy a safe environment and that state and
local governments work together to reduce motorcycle crashes, injuries
and fatalities. These efforts must focus on achievable steps that
promote safety, utilize taxpayer funds in an effective manner, and make
roads safer for all drivers, not just motorcycle operators.
a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, I
will thoroughly review the bill and take your views into consideration.
Thank you again for contacting me. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Florida in the United States Senate.