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House, Senate Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Address Motorcycle Profiling

May 8, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers introduced a resolution to address the issue of motorcycle profiling and promote collaboration between the motorcycle and law enforcement communities. U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Michael C. Burgess, M.D (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) led the effort in the House (H.Res. 318), and U.S. Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Senate version (S.Res.154). 

“From coast to coast, Americans of all backgrounds responsibly ride a motorcycle as their means of transportation or simply to enjoy the open road. This bipartisan resolution aims to raise awareness about the reality of motorcycle profiling and foster an open dialogue between motorcyclists and law enforcement,” said Rep. Tim Walberg, co-chair of the House Motorcycle Caucus.

“This bipartisan resolution should send a clear message to relevant regulatory and law enforcement agencies across the country: motorcycle profiling has no place on our roads. Instead, we must foster collaboration and cooperation between these agencies and the riders in order to promote safety and ensure all motorists are treated fairly under the law,” said Rep. Mark Pocan.

“I represent thousands of motorcyclists in the state of Texas, many of whom take to the highways each day to enjoy the exhilaration of a free ride. As a rider, I know it is important that we recognize and help promote their safety and needs, including addressing motorcycle profiling. Today, I joined my colleagues to introduce a resolution promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging communication and collaboration between the motorcycle community and law enforcement,” said Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D, co-chair of the House Motorcycle Caucus.

“Millions of Americans rely on motorcycles for transportation and recreation across the country. This bipartisan legislation will help foster a cooperative effort by motorcyclists and law enforcement officials to address instances of motorcycle profiling,” said Rep. Collin Peterson.

“Wisconsin has a rich history with motorcycles, and many of our motorcycle enthusiasts have raised this as a point of concern," said Senator Ron Johnson.

“Motorcycles are an important part of New Hampshire’s identity and economy, and Granite Staters of all backgrounds should have the freedom to enjoy the open road,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “This bipartisan resolution aims to encourage an open conversation between the motorcycle community and law enforcement to ensure that our roads remain safe for Granite State motorcyclists and drivers alike.”

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