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Florida motorcycle bill changed last minute

March 17, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- A law which many consider discriminatory towards motorcycle riders has been voted into Florida law.

The bill, HB 137 which was born from Miami politician State Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera's ride along with local police, takes effect on October 1st, 2008.

It allows police to confiscate a motor vehicle if the rider is caught speeding 30 mph over the posted limit and further penalties of jail sentences of 5 to 10 years as well as suspended motorcycle endorsement for 10 years, all depending on the number and severity of the offenses.

The bill was originally introduced to target motorcycles but a last minute amendment was made altering the law to apply to all vehicles. However, the language regarding the loss of motorcycle endorsement wasn't altered and has many motorcycle action groups concerned.

State Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera introduced the bill last November after witnessing speeding sport bikes weaving in and out of traffic as well as some riders performing stunts on Miami's highways.

Although few action groups attended the House infrastructure committee discussing the bill, those that did were allowed short statements and asked no questions by any members of the panel.

The lobbyist appearing for ABATE of Florida stated his organization opposed the bill and made a request for stiffer penalties for those who violate motorcycle right of way causing injury and/or death to the motorcyclists.

The issue was not addressed.
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