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Stumpy
PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:16 am  Reply with quote
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ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- Dozens of motorcyclists received citations over the weekend from the during an organized motorcycle run near St. Joseph.
Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says his office received many complaints of irresponsible cycle operation in the Sartell and Waite Park areas.

Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Minnesota and Central Minnesota gang task forces made a large-scale traffic stop northeast of St. Joseph on Saturday.

Nearly 70 people got tickets for stop sign violations. Tickets were also issued for driving after revocation, obstructing legal process, illegal operation of a motorcycle, providing false information to an officer, open container and marijuana possession.

Sanner says the sheriff's office supports organized motorcycle rides but traffic rules must be observed and bikers are not allowed to close down intersections.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:16 am  Reply with quote
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I think the only real surprise here is that we've gotten away with it during our rally for so long.

I still cringe when I think about me dressed in my faux CHiPs regalia, stopped in front of the Chief of the MFD, stopping him while waving the ride through.

Driving after revocation, obstructing legal process, illegal operation of a motorcycle, providing false information to an officer, open container, marijuana possession, Driving under the Influence, Impersonating a Police Officer, being an idiot... that's a full day's worth of booking.
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Matty
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Glad I got out of the rally biz when I did. It's bound to happen sooner or later.

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Last year's Slaughterhouse Rally was something of a cat-herding due to the organizers deciding to not block intersections because of the photo-enforced stoplights.

There were rumors that a Police-charity motorcycle ride lead to multiple citations being issued to the po-po participants.

I suspect the answer is a parade permit except that probably would be a nightmare for rallies such as these.
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Spikehead
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[quote="nate"]I think the only real surprise here is that we've gotten away with it during our rally for so long. quote]

Yup.

nate wrote:
I still cringe when I think about me dressed in my faux CHiPs regalia,


I thought you'd be in the slammer by the end of that ride for sure.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:00 pm  Reply with quote
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The only ones who can legally hold traffic at an intersection are the cops. So you'll need to get the cops to do it for you. Get a motorcycle police escort for the rideout. The MC cops will have fun telling the car drivers what to do and you won't have to worry about directing traffic. Just make sure your tabs, insurance, and motorcycle endorsements are valid.

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Brad
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GP Kevo wrote:
The only ones who can legally hold traffic at an intersection are the cops. So you'll need to get the cops to do it for you. Get a motorcycle police escort for the rideout. The MC cops will have fun telling the car drivers what to do and you won't have to worry about directing traffic. Just make sure your tabs, insurance, and motorcycle endorsements are valid.


The valid tabs, insurance and motorcycle endorsements are always a good idea. MC cops or an escort would be a problem. There are 33 local law enforcement agencies in Hennepin alone.

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