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The state of Virginia joined New Hampshire and North Carolina recently when it passed a law prohibiting law enforcement agencies from running checkpoints that stop only motorcycle riders, according to a recent article in the racing magazine Who Won?.

police checkpointsCheckpoints are used in New Hampshire and other states as a way to screen passing motorists for any behavior that might indicate law-breaking, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), driving without a valid license or endorsement, or other behaviors.

Sobriety checkpoints in particular, which focus on DUI, are popular because of their deterrent effect and because they require fewer police resources to operate than the standard roving patrols do. New Hampshire law, however, requires these checkpoints to be applied neutrally – an approach that Virginia’s new law also supports.

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