Problem With Profiles
As many of you know, the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission and Washington
State Patrol were planning targeted motorcycle safety patrols starting tomorrow. These
patrols would be in direct violation of RCW 43.101.419, the law prohibiting motorcycle
Through the unified efforts of the Confederation of Clubs, ABATE, and the U.S.
Defenders, these planned patrols WILL NOT HAPPEN and an alert has been issued to
participating agencies to help ensure profiling does not occur.
In response to a letter outlining these grievances from COC attorney Mike Myers,
(below) the WSTC claimed the original press release announcing the patrols was a
mistake. They apologized, reversed their position, and even issued an alert to all
participating agencies outlining the state prohibition on motorcycle profiling.
The following retraction was posted on the WSTC Its a Fine Line site:
"Update: A draft press release was mistakenly distributed earlier this week which raised
some questions about our motorcycle safety campaign. Motorcycle safety patrols are
beginning this Friday, July 31, and running through August 16 in Pierce, King, and
Snohomish Counties. Motorcyclists are over-represented in crashes that result in
serious injuries and death. These patrols are focused in areas where there are a high
number of motorcycle rider fatalities. These patrols will be focused on all motor vehicle
drivers and motorcycle riders who commit traffic safety violations. The Washington
Traffic Safety Commission and participating law enforcement agencies condemn
profiling. Trained and commissioned law enforcement officers will be conducting these
patrols enforcing traffic violations as defined by Washington State laws. An updated
press release will be distributed to the media and posted on this website on Friday, July
The Washington State Motorcycle Rights movement continues to provide an exemplary
model for the fight against profiling and the advancement of our rights base.
Simply put, the motorcycle profiling law in Washington State has the power to reverse
discriminatory policymaking conducted by state agencies and reinforce the regime of
protection legally enjoyed by motorcyclists in our state.
Double D - Chair, Washington State Confederation of Clubs
Lyle C-Coordinator, Washington State ABATE