Senate passes bill to block vehicle-specific stops

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 7:46 a.m. CST; updated 9:25 a.m. CST, Friday, March 8, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has approved a ban on roadside checkpoints targeting motorcycles or other specific vehicles.

Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, is sponsoring the legislation and said police should not be allowed to stop vehicles based on arbitrary criteria. He said law enforcement agencies have used checkpoints in the past to pull over all motorcycles during group rides or rallies.

Officers could still set up checkpoints when they're looking for a suspect in a specific type of vehicle.

The Senate sent the bill to the House on Thursday with a 34-0 vote.

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