Many motorcyclists would say profiling is an issue. Most club members would say profiling is an epidemic. Despite this belief, until now there has never been any reliable data to substantiate this reality. The ongoing National Motorcycle Profiling Survey 2016 (NMPS) is beginning to show definitive trends as participation continues to accelerate. Thousands of individuals have taken the survey nationwide and the reality of motorcycle profiling is evident. The NMPS is undeniable proof that legislative relief is needed at both the state and federal level addressing the issue of motorcycle profiling and discrimination.
The NMPS Is Statistically Representative of The Entire Motorcycling Population
The NMPS has reached a participation level of nearly 5,000 randomly selected individuals. According to Creative Research Systems, 5,000 participants results in a mere 1.4% margin of error. The means the NMPS results are over 98% reliable in terms of representing the general motorcycling population.
(Creative Research Systems calculates the sample size required for a desired confidence interval, or the confidence interval for a given survey sample size: Creative Research Systems, 2003. “Sample Size Calculator.”)
Over 5 Million Motorcyclists Have Been Profiled
According to the NMPS, 50.86% of motorcyclists say they have been unjustifiably stopped by police at least once while riding their motorcycles. 37% say they have been unjustifiably stopped more than once. Using the American Motorcycle Association’s estimate of 10,000,000 motorcyclists in America, over 5 million motorcyclists say they have been the victim of profiling at least once in the past. 3.7 million motorcyclists say they have been profiled more than once.
Over 5 Million People Profiled At Public Motorcycle Rally’s.
The NMPS says 46.71% of motorcyclists (4.6 million) have witnessed police actively gathering intelligence on motorcyclists and rally participants. 9.97% of motorcyclists (987,000) have been harassed or denied entrance to public events. The numbers mean motorcyclists have witnessed mass surveillance at public events and 987,000 motorcyclists have been harassed or denied entrance altogether.
Profiling is a Motorcycling Issue- It’s Not Just 1%’ers Being Profiled
Only 7% of respondents are members of 1% motorcycle clubs. In fact, 43% of survey respondents have no club affiliations of any type. Yet over 50% say they have experienced profiling. This means that members of veterans clubs, Christian clubs, and even independents have been victims of unjustified stops. The perception held by some that anti-profiling measures are primarily an issue impacting outlaw motorcycle clubs is simply not validated by the data.
86% of Survey Participants Are Registered Voters
86% is a very high concentration of registered voters in such a large sample size. Victims of motorcycle profiling are extremely active in electoral politics. Legislators ought to be motivated by their voting constituents confirmation that motorcycle profiling is a widespread epidemic in America.