• Nov 28, 2007
South Florida has a motorcycle problem, and lawmakers are introducing legislation to show bikers that they'll go a long way to punish those who break the rules. Stunt riding (including wheelies), excessive speeding, and concealable license plates will get you a 10 year ban on your motorcycle license, mandatory jail time, and an impounded bike. If the punishment sounds like the medieval practice of cutting off the hand of a man for stealing, that's exactly how State Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera wants it.

Lopez-Cantera witnessed firsthand a variety of incidents during which reckless behavior was on display, including bikers flying down the highway at 120 mph, high speed wheelies, and more. Police officers can't even run plates since bikers will often flip them up to avoid detection, and it's very difficult to catch a motorcycle on the open road with a squad car. We like motorcycles, even though our focus is on cars, and it's disappointing to see that things have apparently gotten so out of hand in South Florida that draconian enforcement policies are being seriously discussed.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      As many have stated, the problem isn't riders or enthusiasts, it's dummies. Just like that jackass in the murcielago post yesterday. It takes no skill to throw up a wheel, these bikes are so strong that even 600cc bikes can throw up a wheel in first or second gear without a problem. It takes real skill to shift your weight and keep the wheel down when exiting a turn and cranking on the throttle (on a track).

      On the street, I frequently lose track of my speed and if there are no other vehicles on the road to use as reference points, there are times when I accidentally hit triple digits. Yes it truly is accidental, these bikes can hit 110 faster than sports cars hit 60 and you can easily find yourself looking down at the speedo and saying "whoops". 80 on a sport bike feels like 40 b/c they are so smooth and they are made to be that way. Althought that is punishable, accidental or not, 10 years in jail and taking the bike is unreasonable.

      Racing, weaving in and out of traffic, wheelies, stoppies, evading all of that is unacceptable and rightfully should be harshly punished so people don't die.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i mis-read the part about jail time...it doesn't say the length of the mandatory jail time but i think jail may be too harsh for speeding unless it involves another wreckless offense.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, motorcyclists shouldn't be punished any more harshly than some idiot in a car doing donuts, burnouts, weaving in and out of traffic at high speed, etc. You can bet that if this passes, harsher penalties for driving in a car aren't far behind. VA now has $1000+ fines for normal speeding because of a law that was originally targeted at street racers. If a lawmaker stands up after this bill passes and asks why the law for cars is "lenient" compared to bikes, don't be surprised...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok. I agree that the penalties of the proposed law are harsh. I agree that the DUI penalties should be as harsh or harsher.

      However, these idiots doing wheelies, hand-stands, etc are a hazard and dangerous to the general public. Sure, if they loose control and wipe-out they will kill themselves (Darwin's theory at work...) but what about the times they don't wipe-out but cut cars and 18 wheelers off? What about the 30 year old Mom of two in the mini-van who's driving on I95 trying to watch out for the tourists, the celebrities being chased by the paparazzi and random shootings on the interstate. All while her two toddlers are screaming and throwing Cheerios at her. Suddenly some [bleep] flies up on her right (on the shoulder) doing a wheelie at some insane speed. He puts the wheel down, cuts to the left in front of our Mom then cuts back. What's Mom going to do? Slam on the brakes, swerve to the left to avoid the [bleep]. If she's lucky the lane beside her will be clear. This being on I95 that's not going to be the case. Mom has just brushed against the rear wheels of the trailer of the 18 wheeler passing her (going above the speed limit and probably not American [let the flames begin!]) She wrenches the wheel to the right and slams into the tourist from Germany who took advantage of Mom leaving her lane. Lots of broken glass, twisted metal and tire smoke later...

      The [bleep]'s gone down the road impressing no one while the FL State Trooper or Dade County Sheriff gets to put a sheet over Mom.

      Bike stunts on public roads are not only dangerous to the idiot doing them.

      If you insist on being an idiot, pool your money amongst your friends, rent a drag strip or short track or parking lot, sign waivers holding property owners and other participants harmless, wear your helmet and full leathers and have fun. Just keep that crap off the hwy where my wife and daughter are driving!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I worry less about motorcycle than I do about the old people that i have to avoid all day and night in the parking lots with there big ass cars that back out of spaces hopeing someone sees them. Not to mention the ones that drive down the road unable to see over there steering wheel an unable to move there necks when they change lanes...
      • 7 Years Ago
      just dont have a fl license and wouldnt this fall under the unusual part of the cruel and unusual punishment part
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess I see this as black and white... They are either riding legally and have nothing to worry about or ride outside of legal limits and lose the privilege.

      Draconian? That is the thought process that suggests that these idiots should be immune because you feel laws have no place......
      • 7 Years Ago
      The real problem with this is police judgement. If the cop wants to be mean or unlawful all all they have to do is point the finger to make your life miserable and apply it to that new law. I like to watch stunting and see it usually on the highway, should you do it on public roads, no, but If it does and you catch repeat offenders that have caused damage, then yes you should punish, jail no way, you should never mix crazy riders with criminals! IMO. Jail = criminal knowledge, which wasn't really the point of puting someone in time out. i know every time i was locked up i was always pissed, never sorry, felt there shoulda been a way to teach me to not be that way instead of locking me up with others that preach crime.
      • 7 Years Ago
      take it to the TRACK and be done with it
      • 7 Years Ago
      I worry less about motorcycle than I do about the old people that i have to avoid all day and night in the parking lots with there big ass cars that back out of spaces hopeing someone sees them. Not to mention the ones that drive down the road unable to see over there steering wheel an unable to move there necks when they change lanes...
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they some how think that will reduce the problem they are wrong, very wrong, banning someone on a bike for ten years plus mandatory jail time and taking the bike, mark my words riders are no longer going to stop PERIOD. if they are trying to make a posative difference give people a spot to practice in a safe enviroment, don't force them to take off and boost from cops. Way to go Pencil pushers you got it all wrong yet again, dumb dumb dumb
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just to put in into perspective- 120mph will get you reckless driving in most states. that amounts to 6 points, and as a misdemeanor, the judge has the option to lock you up for a while. In case you're keeping score, depending on where you live, 6 points will score you a bus pass, especially together with the other moving violations you probably have. And stunts like street racing, drifting and burnouts will get you ticketed in a car all day long. That said, lets take a moment to thank each one of these idiots that took a moment to fill out their donor card.
      • 7 Years Ago
      But the state still has no mandatory helmet law... they repealed it a few years ago.

      I have zero problem for the harsh penalties for idiot riders.
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