Legislative bill limits age of motorcycle passengers
■ Editor’s note: This is one of several upcoming stories that will focus on bills introduced in the 2013 Nebraska Legislature and how they affect Imperial area residents.
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
LB 181, introduced in the Nebraska Legislature Jan. 14, would make it illegal to operate a motorcycle with a passenger under eight years of age.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln.
Greg Koellner of Imperial, who is a district representative for ABATE (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education), said his organization is confused by the bill.
“I’m wondering what magic happens at age eight that makes it a safe age,” he said last week.
“Why doesn’t it (LB 181) cover snowmobiles, go-carts and horses?” he asked.
Koellner said ABATE is wondering what prompted the bill. Such a bill is usually introduced following a tragedy.
“We haven’t heard of any accidents. We are shocked by it. We weren’t ready for it,” he commented.
Koellner noted that LB 181 doesn’t cover an eight-year old or younger riding his own motorcycle, and not as a passenger.
“It’s not very well thought out,” he stated.
Koellner said he and other ABATE members will be attending a Lobby Day at the Legislature Jan. 28, where they will find out more about LB 181.