Additionally, any safety efforts should take into consideration the concerns and needs of the rider groups. Motorcyclists and rider groups overwhelming reject checkpoints because this policy ignores their underlying concerns about crash prevention. Efforts to concentrate on awareness of motorcycles and crash prevention have the full support of the American Motorcyclist Association, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and local rider groups across the country.
I authored H.R. 904, legislation that would prevent the Department of Transportation from wasting taxpayer funds to create MOCs. This bill has bipartisan support and a number of Members on the Transportation Committee have already co-sponsored it.
I hope my colleagues affirm our nation’s commitment to both motorcycle safety and efficient use of taxpayer funds by including the language of H.R. 904 in the conference report. Congress does not need to create another government program just for the sake of expanding government. Instead, we can concentrate efforts that will protect riders and make the roads safer for all of us.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.