Motorcycle checkpoints under way

(ATLANTA) - Two motorcycle checkpoints are being conducted Wednesday along Interstates 75 and 95.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety will be conducting six motorcycle checkpoints from March 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2012.

The effort is part of a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to collect data over the next two years to improve motorcycle safety, according to the DPS.

The first checkpoint for 2011 will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. March 9 along Interstate 75 at the Southbound Commercial Vehicle Inspection Station in Monroe County. Another checkpoint will be running at the same time at the Southbound Commercial Vehicle Inspection Station along Interstate 95 in Chatham County, just north of Savannah.

Signs will direct motorcyclists to exit the interstate at the inspection stations where troopers or officers will check that the operator has the proper class of license for the vehicle, a valid tag, a federal DOT-approved motorcycle helmet, and that the operator is not under the influence of alcohol, according to McDonough.

The other checkpoints will be held in the spring and fall this year.

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