Nanaimo RCMP have announced a crack down campaign on riders that is to go on for the entire riding season and they claim that it is no different than their crack down on cell phones - but is it really?
The BC Transportation Minister doesn't think so!
From the Times Columnist - Begin Quote "Blair Lekstrom, an avid motorcycle rider, took aim at the Nanaimo plan while announcing motorcycle safety awareness month at the legislature Thursday.
“I would think if they are pulling you over just because you’re on a motorcycle, that’s dead-wrong in my mind,” said Lekstrom.
“Two-thirds of … accidents where motorcycles are involved are caused by the driver of the vehicle.”
And from Merriam Webster:
Definition of PROFILING
: the act or process of extrapolating information about a person based on known traits or tendencies
profiling>; specifically : the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior profiling>
Under the Heading Legal Rights:
Search or seizure
8. Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.
Detention or imprisonment
9. Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.
Treatment or punishment
12. Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.
Under the heading Equality Rights:
Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law
15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
If we are truly equal under the law then why are motorcyclists being held to different standards than other road users?
If we are truly equal under the law, then why are motorcyclists being singled out for deferential or special attention?
If we are truly protected under the Fundamental Freedoms - section 2, then why is our community constantly being denied our right to peaceful assembly or the right to association? (the photographing and profiling that takes place because certain members of our community wear the patches of clubs the police services deem to be a criminal element, the shutting down of community events due to the police services profiling of our community based on what they deem to be criminal or anti social behaviors by some members of the motorcycling community)
My stance on this subject always has been and always will be this:
The clothing you wear does not instantly make you a criminal, it is your individual choices and conduct that make you so. It is not the person who is standing beside you at a public event that makes you a criminal or makes you a person who condones or supports criminal activity - it is YOUR actions as an individual that define you as a criminal. It is not the method of transportation by which you choose to travel that makes you a criminal or makes you deserving of "special" attention, again, it should be about your individual conduct and actions.
I know I sound like a broken record, but as long as this issue keeps coming up in the main stream news - I will keep calling for unity with in our community and the lobbying for the protection of our rights for our community.
I am no lawyer, but everything I read on this topic tells me that our community needs and deserves protection under Federal Law, just the same as any other visible minority.
What say you?
In Other News:
Motorcycle Groups in Australia are dismayed by the verdict of not guilty in the case of an officer pulling a u-turn made where a double solid line was present and consequently killing a rider.
In Port Dover Ontario, council has announced that Friday the 13th will NOT become a three day event.
In Kitchener Ontario, a rider was killed. According to witnesses, the rider was traveling at a high rate of speed.
On a lighter and much more pleasurable note my friends at RevZilla have announced their May Gear Giveaway Contest. This month you can qualify for the top prize of a REV'IT! Sand Jacket and pair of REV'IT! Sand Pants (a combined value of almost $800); two 2nd prize winners will again receive $50 gift cards. All you have to do is create your rider profile to qualify!
Have you seen the REV'IT! Sand Gear? Watch the video that describes the prize for May:
There are some incredible features to this gear so if you are in the market for new gear, why not check them out, enter their contest - you never know who is going to win and you can't win unless you enter!
And lastly, I want to remind you all of other highly pleasurable event - Today IS International Female Ride Day - so if you are fortunate enough to be able to get out there and ride ladies - DO IT! (In my humble opinion, EVERYDAY is Female Ride Day but this special day is designated as OUR DAY so get out there and DO IT!) Check Out Vicki Gray's
Have a fabulous Friday and PLEASE - ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you!