The US based National Motorists Association (NMA) have published a list of 50 states in the USA, ranked according to their friendliness towards cars and motorcycles.
According to NMA's president, Jim Baxter, "It is not exactly a well kept secret that many traffic laws, enforcement practices and traffic courts are more about generating revenue and political posturing than they are about traffic safety. During holidays, like the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we're bombarded with messages about intensified enforcement, 'click it or ticket,' and horrendous fines when in fact most vacation-related traffic accidents are caused my inattention, distraction and fatigue. However, these are accident causes that don't generate much in the way of government revenue, so instead our highways are overrun with unmarked police cars and ticket cameras".
They ranked the states based on laws, speed traps, kangaroo courts, etc. Here are some of the criteria used:
Speed Traps Per Capita
Does the state have "driver responsibility" fees
Does the state authorize the use of roadblocks
Freeway speed limits
Does the state have red-light cameras
Does the state have speed cameras
Toll roads in the state
Is a jury trial available for traffic violations
Are radar detectors banned in the state
Does the state have a primary seat belt law
Are there adult helmet laws in the state
Are there move-over laws in the state
Is cell phone use banned?
The top ten worst states to ride your motorcycle in are:
1. New Jersey 2. Ohio 3. Maryland 4. Louisiana 5. New York 6. Illinois 7. Delaware 8. Virginia 9.Washington 10. Massachusetts
The best place to ride your motorcycle is, believe it or not, Wyoming, followed by Idaho and Montana.