On February 16, 2018, an act to add Section 2820 to the Vehicle Code, relating to enforcement:
The bill would describe the term “motorcycle profiling” as illegal consideration of the fact that a person is riding a motorcycle, wearing motorcycle or motorcycle club-related clothing, as a factor in enforcement decisions. It would forbid peace officers from engaging in motorcycle profiling.
The bill would also offer a private right of action for persons who are subjected to motorcycle profiling in violation of the provisions of this bill.
A number of efforts have been undertaken to address these issues. For instance, the states of Washington, S.B. 5242 in 2011, and Maryland, S.B. 233 in 2016, have passed legislation specifically forbidding the profiling of motorcyclists and other states are considering similar legislation. Also California approved Assembly Bill 1047 in 2012, explicitly outlawing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Checkpoints are also limited by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors has accepted and issued an official position statement objecting to the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies, including judging riders on their chosen apparel, mode of transportation or associates, rather than specific behavior and actions.
AB 2972 is an excellent move to protect motorcyclists and their rights!
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