NE’s Helmet Law Repeal Scheduled for Hearing

Posted 1 year ago

By Scott Carlson

helmet-lawAnother attempt to repeal Nebraska’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law is scheduled for a hearing before the legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee this week.  The helmet law has been the subject of repeal efforts nearly every session since it became law in 1989.

This attempt by State Senator  Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins lifts the requirement for those 21 or old on motorcycles or mopeds, and requires all riders to wear eye protection.

A study on hospital costs for injured motorcyclists showed a 38% drop in total acute medical charges after the law was implemented, and a survey taken last August showed 83% of Nebraskans survey wanted to keep the mandatory helmet law with only 14% supporting repeal.


  • FOX

    Although I believe in the FREEDOM of CHOICE…I do feel more comfortable knowing my husband is required to wear a helmet while riding his motorcycle. I know he would even if the law didn’t require it. But on the other hand…people who are arrogant enough to not wear one…I feel sorry for their families. What if something happened to them? Kids would be left without parents. Parents without a child. And families with grief that is unnecessary. Keep the helmet law. Not only for safety reasons but for moral reasons. Even if it is not the motorcyclists fault. We could all spare some grief by having this law to protect our loved ones who enjoy riding.

    Current score: 4
    • So you believe in freedom of choice as long as it’s your choice?

      Current score: 4
      • Mike

        it would be your choice too if you wanted to wear it or not

        Current score: 1
  • Citizen Kane

    I feel that it should be repealed just like the seat belt law. Im an adult ,know the risks and if i choose to not use them i shouldnt have to.

    Current score: 9
  • Ty

    The problem with laws like this is not so much the idea but the principle behind it. While I think utilizing a helmet is a wise idea. I believe it to be wrong for any level of Government to force you to do so against your will. We have a problem in this Nation where the government seems to want to protect us from ourselves…. And people allowing the govt to do that has lost us more freedoms and liberty than anything. People need to man up and take responsibility for their own actions and not depend on a government to tell them what is right and wrong You all know the risks and statistics of motorcycle riding.we’re grown ups we can take care of ourselves.

    Current score: 10
    • Hound

      Couldn’t have said it better myself ;)

      Current score: 2
  • Mike

    Is that 83% of motorcycle riders or just idiots in cages that don’t own bike and therefore shouldn’t have any say in it anyway? Those figures are BS. Go out on the streets any day anywhere in NE and ask the motorcycle owners what they think. This is AMERICA. It should be about choice. We are adults and can make our own decision without someone telling us how to dress our selves like little kids. WAKE UP NEBRASKA!!!! Every state that touches our border except Missouri, and it barely does, has NO helmet law. Therefore when riders travel this way they go AROUND Nebraska and thus spend their money in other states. Kinda like the Casinos just on the other side of our borders in 3 states, mainly Ia, so that all that money nebraskans make can just go to other states also. But hey, Nebraskans are saving you since they feel you can’t do it yourself!!!

    Current score: 8
  • http://yahoo mick

    I have been riding motorcycles since 1972. in my younger years befor thw law I still sometimes had my helmet on depending on where I was riding. I would probably wear a helmet even if the law was changed. I still say let those who ride decide. I agree with the gentlman who says the 83 % is BS. Survey most motorcycle owners and let them tell you what they think not the general public who only knows the feeling of driving on 4 wheels. You should be a motorcycle owner to vote and make your opinion heard.

    Current score: 5
  • Just me

    I ride, every chance I get, at one point in my life. I’d stop at the state line & remove my helmet as I left this state. Did I know I could die without it on YES, do I know that I could be killed even with it on?? YES I do… I ride, its a risk, anything is a risk.
    I’ve since grown up some, & have started wearing one at all times, but that doesn’t mean that anyone should have the right to tell me that I HAVE TO WEAR IT.
    Just my thoughts on the subject
    Ride safe everyone & to those that don’t ride, watch out for us :-D

    Current score: 4
  • digger

    I would not ride without a helmet. #1 reason my intercom is in the helmet and #2 if you ride long enough with loud pipes you will lose your hearing.

    Current score: 1
    • Hound

      Mandatory earplugs will be the next infringement to our freedom…

      Current score: 1
  • John Doe

    I take risks greater than riding without a helmet. Un protected sex with prostitutes!
    All the time

    Current score: 5
  • notsurprised

    I say repeal it and let Darwins theory do its job.

    Current score: 4
    • John Doe

      Think you need to wear a helmet so your brains will not go all over when I smack you in the head with a bat!!!! Hoe!

      Current score: 2
  • wow

    Wear a helmet. My family member still struggles daily with a car wreck she was involved in where the guy on the motorcycle would still be alive if he had worn a helmet. It’s not just your dang liberties that you claim are being smashed, it’s the lives of the people who are involved in carwrecks with you that have to suffer from your death or dismemberment when you dont wear one. Accidents happen — why on earth wouldnt you want to protect yourself?

    Current score: 1
  • John Doe

    Should have looked twice before she pulled out in front of him# drivers fault.

    Current score: 3