Nebraska lawmakers started off their session by wanting to provide motorcycle riders the choice of whether to wear a helmet or not. The bill would eliminate the requirement of wearing a motorcycle helmet for those over the age of twenty-one. This was not Nebraska’s first attempt at eliminating the law that supporters argue is about personal freedom. Last year they almost succeeded, but for a filibuster and one vote.
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Supporters argue that eliminating the mandatory use of motorcycle helmets would increase tourism revenue. I’m not sure why this argument keeps being made, but it is. Forget the fact that Nebraska wants your money more than it cares for your personal safety. I cannot imagine a person riding around an entire state just to avoid putting on a helmet. I think it is more important to learn how to ride a motorcycle since the reality is most riders don’t.
Common sense dictates that if a state wants to eliminate motorcycle accidents, then improve riding skills. Educate the public on and enforce strictly texting and distracted driving. Educate motorcycle riders to control their alcohol intake.Luckily, the bill was short by three votes short.
Below is a simple exercise that I’m sure ninety-percent of weekend warriors cannot do.