Bill would make wearing helmets a choice

Currently if you ride a motorcycle in Nebraska, no matter your age, you have to wear a helmet.
Nebraska is one of 22 states that require a helmet, regardless of age.
All of Nebraska’s neighboring states either have a no helmet law or an age-required helmet law.
Sen. Ben Hansen of Blair has introduced LB 378 that would repeal the present motorcycle helmet requirement.
Riders 21 years of age and older would have the option to wear a helmet. The law would still require eye protection, however.
Dave Irey of Imperial can attest to keeping the eye protection law.
“I wear sunglasses when I ride and I got a chip in them from a rock that flew up,” Irey said.
Irey is the district representitive for ABATE of Nebraska, Inc. (American Bikers Aiming Towards Education).
Both Sen. Hansen and Irey believe wearing a helmet is a choice.
“It’s a personal liberty,” Sen. Hansen said.
“Yes, it’s a safety precaution to wear one,” he added, “but wearing one or not doesn’t create a danger to others.”

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