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Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States

Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States. Imagine riding your motorcycle to a benefit and seeing a sign saying “Motorcycles must exit at rest area.” Although you’ve done nothing wrong, and your motorcycle registration and insurance are up to date and current, you will be subject to a random seizure and inspection. You…

The Annual Tradition of Toy Runs – Raising Millions for Children The Annual Tradition of Toy Runs – Raising Millions for Children

In late November through December an annual biker tradition replicates itself across America, touching the lives of almost every biker that rides. Motorcycle clubs and independent bikers gather by the thousands for the singular purpose of giving toys and charity to kids and their families during the holidays. This simple tradition termed a “Toy Run”…

Independent Motorcyclists in Idaho Uniting to Fight Motorcycle Profiling Independent Motorcyclists in Idaho Uniting to Fight Motorcycle Profiling

On October 1st, ABATE of Southern Idaho hosted a “Legislative Fundraiser” to support their efforts to pass an anti-motorcycle profiling law in 2017. I was invited to participate and speak to the community about the process of successfully passing the law in Idaho. What stood out to me the most about my trip to Idaho…

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Steps Up to Assist Rights Movement Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Steps Up to Assist Rights Movement

In almost any grassroots rights movement there are individuals on the frontline that dedicate large amounts of time and energy fighting for the entire community. The motorcycle rights movement is no different. In particular, members of motorcycle clubs have emerged as some of the most dedicated freedom fighters on motorcycles. Unfortunately, there are limitations to…

Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations

Bobby Colella served in the infantry for 21 years and spent much of that time overseas helping protect citizens of other countries from threats of brutal dictators. He fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 05-06, in Ramadi and Fallujah, and Baqubah in 07-08. Bobby says, “I knew I was forfeiting my personal freedoms as an…

Oklahoma Senate Introduces Legislation Addressing Motorcycle Profiling Oklahoma Senate Introduces Legislation Addressing Motorcycle Profiling

The Oklahoma State Senate has introduced SB 1457, a result of grassroots efforts related to motorcycle profiling. This legislation models the law passed unanimously in Washington State in 2011. It requires all law enforcement in the state to adopt a written policy condemning and preventing motorcycle profiling and combines basic training related to preventing the…

Maryland Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Legislation Likely To Pass Maryland Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Legislation Likely To Pass

Maryland is poised to become the 2nd state in America to pass legislation addressing the issue of motorcycle profiling. In 2015, anti-motorcycle profiling legislation passed the Maryland Senate unanimously but unfortunately ran out of time. This year, SB 233/HB 0785 is receiving widespread support in both the state Senate AND House. The Maryland Confederation of…

Motorcycle Profiling Defined Motorcycle Profiling Defined

There are an estimated 10 million registered motorcyclists in America representing all walks of life.  They include doctors, lawyers, business owners, military veterans, blue collar workers, and even state legislators. Unfortunately, the overly-broad outlaw biker stereotype embraced by many in law enforcement results in selective enforcement and discriminatory traffic stops targeting a sizable portion of…

Pennsylvania HB 1580: Helping to Stop the Profiling of Motorcycle Riders Pennsylvania HB 1580: Helping to Stop the Profiling of Motorcycle Riders

The Confederation of Clubs and ABATE of Pennsylvania, in pursuit of a law addressing the issue of motorcycle profiling, have successfully lobbied a primary sponsor and 46 co-sponsors in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  On Sept 30th, Pennsylvania State Representative Garth Everett presented anti-motorcycle profiling legislation to the bill clerk. House Bill 1580 prohibits motorcycle…

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