Nebraska State Legislature Is Debating Partial Helmet Regulation Repeal

On January 5, 2023, Nebraska state senator Ben Hansen launched Legislative Invoice 91 to the 108th Nebraska state legislature. If enacted as written, this invoice would repeal the state’s present current requirement that each one motorbike riders put on helmets for sure riders. (Some essential context: Nebraska is exclusive amongst U.S. states in that it has a unicameral legislature, and doesn’t have two separate homes by way of which payments should individually move.) 

The textual content of this invoice amends the present Nebraska state helmet regulation to say that riders should both put on a helmet that meets Federal Motor Automobile Security Customary No. 218, 49 C.F.R. 571.218 because it pertains to motorbike helmets, until they fulfill two situations. One, they have to be 21 years of age or older. Two, they will need to have handed a Bike Security Basis or related authorised primary rider course.  

If a rider fulfills each of these necessities, this invoice means that they need to be allowed to easily trip a bike so long as they’ve some sort of eye safety in place. Acceptable eye safety is outlined within the textual content of the invoice as “glasses that cowl the orbital area of the particular person’s face, a protecting face protect connected to a protecting helmet, goggles, or a windshield on the motorbike or moped that protects the operator’s and passenger’s horizontal line of imaginative and prescient in all working positions.” 

The invoice was referred to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee on January 9, 2023, and an official listening to date was set for January 24. On that date, testimony was heard from a number of events, each in favor of and opposing this laws.  

Proponents argued {that a} requirement for a primary motorbike rider course if riders don’t want to put on helmets would provide security advantages. Opponents cited statistics exhibiting that licensed motorbike helmets scale back severe damage and healthcare prices, which they argue advantages taxpayers. Moreover, a member of the Nebraska Nurses Affiliation famous that whereas helmets can stop catastrophic head accidents, eye safety as define within the textual content of the invoice wouldn’t present the identical advantages.

This is not the primary time that the Nebraska state legislature has taken up such a invoice, with one that might repeal the helmet regulation solely in the end failing to move muster in 2021. On the time of writing in January 2023, no additional motion has been taken on LB91. When you’re a resident of the state and also you wish to comply with its developments, you should definitely test the hyperlink in our Sources to learn all the small print on this invoice.