Riders Say Protest Of Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law About Choice

By: KOLN Email
By: KOLN Email

Motorcyclists against Nebraska's helmet law cranked up their engines in protest outside of the State Capitol in Lincoln on Saturday.

Riders circled the building to show legislators they want action on Nebraska's helmet requirement, saying wearing one should be a matter of choice. "I wouldn't take my helmet off all the time," said protest organizer Patrick Gray. "There's times when I would wear one. We should have the choice to take a calculated risk by taking that helmet off."

Gray said he'll keep organizing protests until the legislature listens, even if it means planning one every 60 days. "I did invite all of the senators who were opposed to repealing the law to this event. I received two responses saying they wouldn't be able to attend and I didn't get responses from any other senators."

Any legislation to change the law will have to wait until the 2015 session after a vote to repeal it fell eight votes short in February. "We believe that we should have freedom of choice. We're afforded a lot of other freedoms in our life and we believe the group of us should not be forced to wear helmets."

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