Daytona-bound bikers protest State Patrol checkpoints

The American Motorcyclist Association is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to block a federally funded Georgia State Patrol program to set up traffic checkpoints targeting Daytona-bound bikers next month:

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists from around the nation could be subject to Georgia motorcycle-only checkpoints if those checkpoints are in place before, during and after Daytona (Fla.) Bike Week, which runs March 4-13….

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave Georgia a $70,000 grant to conduct one or more roadside motorcycle-only checkpoints. New York state has operated a similar program. The AMA has been tracking this disturbing development of motorcycle-only checkpoints since it first appeared in New York several years ago.

“The AMA believes that the primary source of motorcycle safety is in motorcycle crash prevention and not in arbitrarily pulling over riders and randomly subjecting them to roadside inspections,” [said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government affairs.]

The Insider is assuming that helmets are the issue. Georgia mandates their use for all motocyclists. In Florida, bikers over the age of 21 are permitted to ride without them.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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235 comments Add your comment

Bob

February 23rd, 2011
1:08 pm

Safety check or drug search ?

Julie Camp

February 23rd, 2011
1:09 pm

I have a suggestion for the bikers. Follow the laws of the road and they’ll stop looking for drugs and alcohol on your trips. Simple stuff. They’re just trying to save your life. Ya’ll could at least thank them.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:10 pm

Bob,

Why can’t it be both?

Poke 'em with a stick.

February 23rd, 2011
1:11 pm

I say randomly pull over and search Mini-vans and SUV’s. Then motorcycles. Those damn renegade soccer moms are far more likely to be packing. Isn’t this a violation of some fundamental right afforded me by my farging constitution?

Poke 'em with a stick.

February 23rd, 2011
1:15 pm

Hey Julie, let he who is without sin throw the first stone.

Zack

February 23rd, 2011
1:16 pm

Sammy

February 23rd, 2011
1:18 pm

How much meth could they seize?

jason

February 23rd, 2011
1:18 pm

Ms. Camp, one word for your comment-DUMB-

Sounds Like.....

February 23rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Profiling to me. Watch NO ONE come to the aid of the persecuted white man though.

John Boy

February 23rd, 2011
1:20 pm

That’s $70,000 they can cut from the budget.

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

we can fix this, we’ll just get all the bikers to do a convoy down to daytona and overwhelm the a$$holes and back up the whole interstate and see how all the other drivers feel about it… F the GSP, why dont you get the illegals off the road and leave tax payers alone.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

Poke,

Please remind me where it says in the Constitution that you’re allowed to do whatever you want, even if it’s illegal, and that people should just leave you alone.

Lyn

February 23rd, 2011
1:30 pm

This is for safety…too many motorcyclists without licenses on the road

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:32 pm

i guess they should do checks coming out chuch parking lots too. whats the f’n difference?

Alabama Communist

February 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

So the Bikers were not crossdressing liberals as first suspected by the Republican Tea Party in Georgia, but just plain communists with scooters……..

Lester Maddox

February 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

Hey! if profiling is ok now, how about we stop all the Blacks & Mexicans? Wouldn’t that be fun?

Thomas Jefferson

February 23rd, 2011
1:33 pm

Billy Ray,

The 4th Amendment says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Guess you never got to 5th grade to learn that.

Eric

February 23rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Hey there demsuxs…I”m all for checks coming out of church parking lot’s. Maybe we can capture a few of those child molesting priests.

Poke 'em with a stick.

February 23rd, 2011
1:34 pm

Billy Sue – I suppose you are OK with the Gestapo checking in on you at home too?

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:34 pm

if there’s a need to, then sure, checkpoints @ churches would be fine…..but if there’s no need for safety checks then I guess no need for the checkpoints.

The Truth

February 23rd, 2011
1:34 pm

The police don’t care about saving lives they care about messing them up by taking food out of the mouths of families of the victims who get BS tickets.

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:35 pm

i bet none of yall jackwagons even own a bike or even know someone that has a bike. idiots

A

February 23rd, 2011
1:35 pm

Most likely for these reasons:
1) Helmets
2) Licenses
3) Alcohol/drugs

Billy

February 23rd, 2011
1:36 pm

At least we’ll get a little relief from all the noise pollution for the few minutes the bikes are pulled over. Apparently, they don’t make mufflers for motorcycles…

Freedom Rings

February 23rd, 2011
1:36 pm

Complete waste of time and money….

Loud Pipes Suck

February 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

Can they ticket the ones with no mufflers? The one thing I hate about springtime is the reappearance of the loud pipe motorcycles. Those jerks should be charged with assault with what they do to our poor ears. Whenever I see in the paper that another motorcyclist has gotten killed on the road, I say to myself, “I just hope it was one with loud pipes.”

bob from account temps

February 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

what a waste of time. it is the woman driving the minivan following the biker pack that carries the stash.

Eric

February 23rd, 2011
1:39 pm

The Truth…you’re a moron. I somehow find it very hard to believe that the point of safety checks is to create starving children. But I guess this is your right to freedom of speech. What we need is a Constitutional amendment that curtails your right to be an idiot.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:39 pm

Poke…..first off, if the police knock on my door, I will be more than happy to answer any questions they might have.

but in regards to what I think you were trying to allude to with your “Constitution” reference was illegal search and seizure. The “gestapo” as you called them, would not be stepping foot into my house without a search warrant or without invitation from me.

But then again, I supposed if you’re a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide, then I suppose a police officer knocking on your door wouldn’t scare you.

If the bikers have current motorcycle licenses, helmets, and aren’t mules with liquor or drugs, then a routine stop is nothing to them……so a cop stops you at a safety checkpoint, big deal, as long as you’ve got nothing to hide.

Think of a police checkpoint as security at the airport…..while they might been seen as an inconvenience to some, they do in fact do some good in often keeping bad things off of planes. Again, if you’ve got nothing to hide, then you’ve got no problem going through airport security.

DJ Sniper

February 23rd, 2011
1:42 pm

To those of you complaining about loud pipes on bikes, here’s a little FYI: loud pipes are good for safety reasons. Bikers constantly have to be on the defensive when they ride because a lot of drivers don’t always see them on the road. Having loud pipes can help out with that. If the other drivers don’t initially see you, they can hear your first, and then they might be more inclined to look and see where the bike is before changing lanes, making a turn, etc etc.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:42 pm

uh oh yall, here comes the name calling….were all a bunch of idiots because Demsuxs thinks we don’t have a motorcycle.

maybe you’re wrong, maybe you’re right….but that sounds like a profiling statement to me, saying anyone who does not or has never owned a motorcycle is an idiot.

Poke 'em with a stick.

February 23rd, 2011
1:44 pm

There ya go Billy. With a boring life like yours, I’m sure you have nothing to worry about. What’re you, Canadian?

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Larry Edgar

February 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

Anyone that does not wear a helmet on a motorcycle either has a death wish or is an idiot or both. Was hit from behind and flip out on the road. If I had not had a good helmet on it would have killed me. And I will now hear it’s a freedom of choice agrument. Not when you don’t have insurance and taxpayers end up paying for you at the emergency room. One check point is not going to hurt you.

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

maybe some hells angels will come threw and give the gsp a head knock’n and let them really earn they’re pay. u mess w/ the gun you are bond to get the bullet.

Pete

February 23rd, 2011
1:46 pm

“loud pipes save lives”, or at least that’s what I told my wife.
It must be so if it attracts the attention of those talking on cell phones and eating while they’re driving. Thanks for the confirmation

Mike

February 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

Excuse you Lester. Where do you think profiling came from? What is going to be funny is all the goobers riding through Georgia without a helmet. Maybe the ticket fees will help out the HOPE scholarship program.

Joe

February 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

Don’t want to get hassled by the cops? Don’t dress and act like a scumbag. Simple stuff.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:49 pm

oh yeah ey…..Canadian all the way. ey

Maybe the GSP will pull out their 9’s and empty a clip into those hells angels. Maybe demsux will be one of em……

oh the wishful thinking of a Canadian. ey!

N....

February 23rd, 2011
1:51 pm

Well, I have a bike a 2003 Suzuki Hayaubusa to be exact and the checkpoints are only a way to give out stupid ticket for stupid reasons. That is why it is at the border of GA and FL. FL gives an ADULT (which the state of GA think we are not) the choice to wear a helmet or not. Hey, it’s my head, if I want to split it wide open when/if I go down it should be my choice. But being this is GA, the gold domers like to think for us and tell us what they think is best for us. Which is too funny because majority of the time they can’t keep their wives, mistresses, and girlfriends straight without getting caught.

Jack

February 23rd, 2011
1:52 pm

Your papers please…

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:52 pm

thats sounds fun to me, thanks to sunny purdue i carry my pistol w/ me everywhere just for bobby sue valetines. how ya like that lol

Profiling

February 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Fine, you can pull me over on my Harley and waste time, but I don’t want to hear anymore about profiling in the airport against people trying to kill Americans.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

N, I think you should run for state legislature…..since you got all the answers

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

demsuxs, I too have a permit to carry. Doesn’t make you a man.

CDW

February 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

Random blithering aside…

I don’t think it is clear what these check points are supposed to accomplish. You don’t need a check point to see if someone is violating Georgia’s helmet law, and you don’t get to search a vehicle without cause, so unless someone is transporting guns/drugs/etc. in plain sight, check points are doing anything. Dressing “weird” is not a reason for being harassed by police.

NWA

February 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

@lester maddox

they already do

demsuxs

February 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

good you will need it at the next check point..

Ted Striker

February 23rd, 2011
1:59 pm

This sounds like it’s going to have a hard time passing constitutional muster if it goes to court. I don’t own a bike but i’d raise hell over this if I got pulled over and saw 10 other vehicles go past.

This is the sort of thing that gives law enforcement a bad name.

Billy Ray Valentine

February 23rd, 2011
1:59 pm

oh such a comedian… we don’t have funny folks like you in Canada.