Sunday, June 01, 2008
NY State Police Harass Americade Attendees
Looks like the NY State Police have taken some cues from their brethren in down in Tennessee regarding heavy handed enforcement directed against motorcyclists:
Take a look at this posting on TheNewspaper.com (a road users news blog I check every day and you should too): Roadblock Targets Motorcycle Gathering
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the Lake George businesses are not going to be real happy about the effect on tourism this year and next. I'm thinking they would rather have people show up at the rally happy and ready to spend money rather than ticked off and their wallet pre-lightened by an harassment fine courtesy of the State of NY.
In the original source article at timesunion.com they mention "At the Lake George event that starts Monday, troopers will set up a motorcycle education and awareness station."
How would you like to be working that booth when a whole bunch of ticketed and ticked off rally attendees finally show up? A bit late for a PR effort, Sheriff. Americade isn't Sturgis and the NY State Police may have just stepped on their own baton.
It seems these days more and more "safety" and "enforcement" are merely code words for raising revenue for various government needs. The other problem, dear reader, is that NY State Police targeted riders in groups and without specific cause for inspections and searches, not merely pulled over people who were obviously committing a violation. Brings to mind the old line from the WWII era films where the border guard announces with a strong accent "Your paperz are not in order!"
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An Important reminder from the past:
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison