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Motorcycle checkpoints in N.Y. upheld

November 22, 2011
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Motorcycle checkpoints continued by the New York State Police are not unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled.

Four motorcyclists sued New York troopers, claiming the checkpoints were meant to search for criminals and were intrusive and unfair to groups of riders, according to a report by The Associated Press. However, Judge Gary Sharpe concluded that the main focus of the initiative, enacted in 2008, was safety.

“The court concludes the checkpoints were enacted to promote motorcycle safety, a manifest public interest; they were effective in addressing this interest; and that any interference with individual liberties was not only minimal, but also grossly outweighed by the interest advanced,” Sharpe wrote.

Click here to read the full story in the Boston Herald.

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