Distracted Driving – The AMA is working to ensure that distracted driving remains a priority in the federal highway reauthorization bill by ensuring the bill provides money to fund anti-distracted-driving campaigns across the country. In addition, the AMA is working at the state level to ensure distracted driving is a primary traffic violation and state agencies are actively working to combat the problem. The AMA supports state legislation that would specify that distracted or inattentive behavior that contributes to a crash would subject the vehicle operator to enhanced penalties, similar to aggravating circumstances such as operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
E15 – The AMA opposes the further distribution of E15 in the marketplace, because it can damage motorcycle engines and fuel systems and may void manufacturers’ warranties. While activity at the federal government level has slowed, E15 still is being introduced into new markets. In May, Missouri became the 13th state to allow E15.
Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints – The AMA opposes motorcycle-only checkpoints. We believe they are discriminatory and ineffective. Funds used to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints are better spent on rider education, motorist awareness and efforts to combat distracted driving. Checkpoints already are restricted by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Currently, motorcycle-only checkpoint legislation is being considered in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Missouri.
Lane Splitting – When done responsibly, research shows that lane splitting can reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. The AMA supports states’ active involvement in setting out effective regulations for responsible lane splitting.
Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication – The AMA is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure that motorcycles are considered when vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems are designed. At the same time, we are ensuring that privacy protections for motorcyclists are recognized and that the wireless communications systems are secure.
Tolls – The AMA is watchful because declining or stagnant federal transportation funds may spur the institution of new tolls. Tolls are potentially hazardous to motorcyclists because they motivate larger vehicle operators to spurn interstates and highways and travel instead on smaller roads not designed for high traffic volume – roads frequently traveled by motorcyclists. In addition, tolls based on the number of axles on a vehicle penalize motorcyclists by charging them the same amount as cars, pickup trucks and SUVs, despite the motorcycle’s smaller profile and lighter weight.
Reprogramming Motorcycle-Safety Funds – The AMA opposes the redirection of funds dedicated to motorcycle awareness and rider education – usually generated from motorcycle registrations – from being channeled to programs unrelated to motorcycle safety.
Continued Ban on Federal => State Lobbying – Currently there is a ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s lobbying of state governments. The AMA advocates extending this ban to all federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Motorcycle Bans/Parking – The AMA is working to ensure that no public roads, public parking lots or parking garages specifically ban motorcycles. We believe that, as taxpayers, motorcyclists should be able to access the same infrastructure as other vehicles.
Landowner Liability – The AMA supports state laws that allow private landowner’s to permit off-highway-vehicle riders to use their property without holding landowner’s liable. States that have limited landowner’s liability for this purpose have more vibrant OHV communities with more places for responsible recreation. This, in turn, provides additional economic activity and boosts revenue for small businesses.