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MMA Information Update: Sterling Police Action against Motorcycles

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Over 50 Motorcyclists from neighboring communities joined representatives of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association’s Board of Directors at the MMA’s District 3 Meeting Tuesday night at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club in Oxford, MA.  The main attraction was an open forum to discuss the recent police activity in Sterling where representatives of the State and Town police departments have been stopping only motorcycles around the intersection of Routes 140 & 62.  This meeting was open to all motorcyclists and generated some enthusiastic dialog.

 

Motorcyclists in attendance represented both interested parties as well as those cited for infractions which are not necessarily against Massachusetts General Law nor Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle Codes.  MMA Chairman Dave Condon, District 3 Manager Deb Perkins, Legislative Director Doc D’Errico, Membership Manager Cheryl Frodermann, Secretary Irv Evans, and Past MMA Chairman & Ex Officio Kevin Griffin were in attendance with support from Attorney Paul A. Lancia from Fall River, MA were available to discuss the issue and answer questions.

 

Both Mr. Condon and Mr. Griffin discussed the Massachusetts Laws governing traffic stops, helmets, and exhaust systems, as well as the MMA’s track record concerning citations in these regards.  Additional discussion included assuring that we, as motorcyclists, ride responsibly, including keeping the throttle down in residential areas, which is what typically spurs such actions in certain towns.

 

Mr. Condon asked those in attendance how many had been stopped at the intersection and how many had been cited for infractions; when asked whether they would contest those citations, the decision was unanimously in favor.

 

The MMA has promised to support all members in contesting their citations with support from Attorney Lancia, and all riders are urged to contact the MMA or Attorney Lancia directly at (774) 929-0565.

 

For more information, see http://www.massmotorcycle.org or contact legislativedirector@massmotorcycle.org