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Bikers ask Neb. lawmakers to repeal helmet mandate

March 3, 2009

Bikers ask Neb. lawmakers to repeal helmet mandate

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A bill that would allow bikers to ride helmet-free on highways appears may be hung up in a legislative committee. 

The bill (LB200) introduced by Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont had members of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee deadlocked in a vote Tuesday after a public hearing.

Similar measures have failed in the past, including last year. Most lawmakers say they believe helmets prevent serious injuries and deaths.

Should Janssen’s bill pass, people 21 and older wouldn’t have to wear helmets while riding motorcycles. People 16 through 20 could ride helmet-free if they were to pass safety courses.

All riders would have to wear eye protection.

On the Net:

Nebraska Legislature: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/

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