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SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE
BILL NO: AB 1047
SENATOR MARK DESAULNIER, CHAIRMAN
AUTHOR: jeffries
VERSION:
1/12/2012
Analysis by: Eric ThronsonFISCAL: NO
Hearing date: May 8, 2012

SUBJECT:

Motorcycle-only checkpoints

DESCRIPTION:

This bill prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies that receive federal motorcycle safety grant funds from using the money to implement motorcycle-only checkpoints.

ANALYSIS:

Existing law authorizes a local jurisdiction, by ordinance and only on highways under its jurisdiction, to establish vehicle inspection checkpoints to look for air emissions violations or sobriety checkpoints to identify drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers of motor vehicles must stop and submit to an inspection at a checkpoint when signs are displayed requiring a stop.

In its effort to reduce negative outcomes associated with motor vehicle crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administers traffic safety grants to state and local governments to conduct local highway safety programs. Among the grant funding NHTSA provides are funds to states through the Motorcyclist Safety Grant program. Federal law provides that these motorcycle safety funds are available only for two purposes:

motorcyclist safety training
motorcyclist awareness programs.

This bill prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies that receive NHTSA motorcycle safety grant funds from using the money to implement motorcycle-only checkpoints.

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