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Saratoga Springs motorcycle checkpoint nets numerous violations

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Police wrote 27 tickets during a motorcycle checkpoint over the weekend as part of a statewide effort that police said has helped reduce biker fatalities. Motorcycle rider fatalities decreased by 17 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to preliminary numbers released within the last week by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said Sgt. Daniel Larkin, state police Troop G traffic supervisor. State police requested the motorcycle safety inspection program near Congress Park, which four ...

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July 29, 2013
12:28 p.m.

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Motorcycle check points have absolutely nothing to do with safety. It an excuse used by law enforcement to single out motorcycles and harass riders. There are plenty of loud cars with illegal exhausts or obnoxiously load stereos than there are loud motorcycles.

It is true that excessively loud motorcycles are annoying but I don't see the police out inspecting exhausts on cars or ticketing people whose stereos can be heard from a block away and rattle house windows with loud bass as they go by.

How many of the 55 motorcyclists were written tickets? the article states that 27 tickets, five for having an illegal helmet, eleven for illegal exhaust and eight for other safety violations, I can't believe that half of the riders got tickets. More likely a few riders were each given several tickets.

BTW I don't like loud motorcycles. I think they are annoying and send the wrong message to non-riders. I just think that the police should go after the other scofflaw motorists who should be ticketed as well. Apply the law equally and stop profiling and discriminating against motorcyclists.