Checkpoint Alerts

Motorcycle-Only checkpoints are conducted throughout New York State.  Police officers halt traffic at busy intersections, enter traffic on foot, and direct motorcycles and scooters to the side of the road. Riders are asked for paperwork while officers look for equipment violations. Untrained eyes often write erroneous tickets and riders are stuck fighting them in court.

The NYMSTF asserts that the motorcycle -only “safety” checkpoints being carried out by New York’s police are illegal, unconstitutional, have little bearing on our safety and actually endanger motorcycle riders as well as the police officers engaged in these checkpoints.  Choosing to use a flexible, efficient mode of transportation is not probable cause or reasonable suspicion of anything but good intentions.

Report Checkpoints when you See Them:

If you discover a police checkpoint pulling over only or mostly motorcyclists, send an SMS text message to 347-410-6783.  (Save this number to your phone’s contacts as “Checkpoints” right now!)  Make the first word of your message CHECKPOINT, followed by a brief description (140 characters or fewer) of the checkpoint’s location.  Your text will be published to our Checkpoint RSS/XML feed, our Twitter account and [new feature!] to our text message subscribers within 5 minutes.

Do not send test messages! If you need help subscribing or using this system, please call or email us.

Receive Checkpoint Alerts

There are three ways to receive alerts.  The most flexible method is to follow @nymstf on Twitter. (This requires a Twitter account).  Then enable mobile notifications in your Twitter account settings to get text messages on your cellphone from our checkpoint alerts.

At the top right of the home screen, click the silhouette and then “settings.” On the left select “mobile”, be sure your cell phone number is entered, and check “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.”
On your list of people you’re following, click the silhouette next to NYMSTF and select “turn on mobile notifications.”

We now also allow subscribing to text message alerts by sending us a text message in the following (example) format:

SUBSCRIBE CAS 7185551234@textgateway.com

Don’t use the phone’s or tablet’s [Enter] or [Return] keys before, in the middle of or after that text.  If the text wraps by itself on a small phone display, don’t worry.  Just check what you entered and hit the [Send] key.

The part after “CAS” that looks like an email address needs to be your phone’s SMS Gateway email address.  Click the link if you’re not sure what yours is.  Please ignore the Wiki’s recommendation to prefix T-Mobile addresses with “1” and make sure auto-correct doesn’t change anything before you send it.

So for example if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber and your phone number is 347-555-6969, you can subscribe to the alerts by texting us with:

SUBSCRIBE CAS 3475556969@tmomail.net

If successful you should receive a confirmation text within a few moments.

If you no longer wish to receive alerts this way or are about to change phone numbers just text us “UNSUBSCRIBE CAS”.

You may also subscribe to our Checkpoint RSS feed which is useful if you use RSS tools on your computer or better yet, your smartphone.

Please see the Checkpoint Alert System FAQ for questions and answers about this service.  The alerts you send will help us find, track and audit these checkpoints.  Thanks for helping!  All reports are kept confidential!

If you become caught up in any checkpoint and believe you experienced unjust discriminatory treatment from law enforcement merely because you are a motorcyclist, please report it using our Law Enforcement Discrimination Complaint form, and if this occurs in NYC complain to the CCRB (Civilian Complaint Review Board).  The CCRB is the civilian -facing branch of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.  If you believe the checkpoint is being conducted in an unsafe manner in NYC, call 311 to file a complaint.

For our perspective on the motorcycle-only checkpoints and how they came to be, read our article: All About Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints.

This free* service is not meant to facilitate circumvention of any laws, ordinances or regulations.  It is designed to allow New York’s motorcyclists to travel free of unwarranted harassment.  Motorcyclists are entitled to know about and avoid the invasive delays and in many cases, risks to life and property resulting from being stopped without probable cause on busy roadways, by officers whose knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations is – in our opinion – often superficial at best.  We remind all motorcycle and scooter riders to ride safely and legally.