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US Senate votes against rider profiling

While Australian states are ramping up their anti-association laws that profile riders as potential outlaws, the US Senate has unanimously passed a motorcyclist anti-profiling resolution.

This follows an American Motorcyclist Association survey finding that half of American motorcyclists say they have been profiled by police pulling them over.

There is no such survey in Australia, but anecdotal evidence shows that riders have been pulled over for licence and bike checks by police.

They say only riders have been pulled over while cars and other vehicles are allowed to pass.

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Police recently pulled over riders on the Gold Coast hinterland

Some have been riding cruisers and wearing similar gear to the so-called outlaw gangs or bikies, but others have been riding bikes such as adventurers, tourers and sports machines.

Laws, such as Queensland’s ludicrously named Vicious Lawless Associates Disestablishment or “VLAD” Act of 2013, are allowing police extra powers to harass riders.

(VLAD was replaced in 2016 by the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill with the less evil-sounding acronym, SOCLAB, but only slightly watered-down police powers.)

Many other states have also ramped up their anti-association laws in order to put more pressure on perceived criminal activity in motorcycle clubs.

As recently as September, Tasmania planned laws that include a ban on outlaw motorcycle gang “colours”.

The Victorian Motorcycle Riders Association believes this vilification of riders is yet another nail in the coffin for motorcycling.

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The unanimous Senate vote “urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials”.

It is a surprise given the Senate is dominated by Republicans, although it does not have any force in law.

The resolution would also have to be passed in Congress where it could have a lot of support.

After all, in 2015, Congress banned federal highway funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

U.S. Senate acts to restrict motorcyclist profiling by police

U.S. Senate passes motorcyclist anti-profiling resolution

The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution on Tuesday to promote awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycling community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.

With the recent anti-bikie legislation and ongoing direct harassment and stalking by police that motorcyclists face in Australia, could you ever see this happening here..?  Not likely…

Senate Resolution 154 also urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials. Senate resolutions do not have the force of law to effectively ban all such profiling but is a good step in the right direction.

As adopted, the resolution recognised the significant increase in motorcycle registrations throughout America over the past 20 years, and pointed out that half of motorcyclists surveyed believe they have been profiled by law enforcement at least once. The resolution also acknowledges that motorcyclist profiling occurs across the nation.

Profiling means the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related apparel as a factor when law enforcement officers decide to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest or search a person or vehicle with or without a legal basis.

“In 2015, Congress wisely acted to ban federal highway funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints, recognizing that federal funds are better spent on promoting highway safety for all vehicles and drivers,” said AMA Vice President of Government Relations Wayne Allard. “Now, the Senate has taken a big step further to help end the discriminatory and ineffective practice of profiling motorcyclists.”

In January 2017, the American Motorcyclist Association’s Board of Directors adopted a formal position statement on motorcyclist profiling and has continued to recommend law enforcement and highway officials fto ocus their efforts on encouraging highway safety in ways that make America’s roads safer for everyone.

Source: MCNews.com.au