New Helmet Law Would Hold Parents Responsible

February 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Helmet Laws, Legislation

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A new bill before the Kansas Senate would hold parents of children under the age of 18 responsible if their kid is caught riding or driving a motorcycle without a helmet. It’s already illegal in Kansas for anyone under 18 to drive or ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. But currently, it’s the child who gets a ticket.

If the bill passes, it means “adults could be ticketed for that now, too,” said Hutchinson Police Sgt. Brian Hirt.

According to Hirt, teens age 14 through 17 can already be cited for not wearing a helmet; a ticket for the offense nets a $25 fine and $75 in court costs.

I am not too sure if legislation is going to make parents responsible for their kids, but at least they will have to pay a penalty if they’re not. A fine would be a far cheaper than the medical expenses or worst yet the emotional cost if their child is injured in an accident because they were not wearing a helmet.

Myrtle Beach Helmet Law argued in the South Carolina Supreme Court.

February 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Helmet Laws, Safety

Back in 2008, in an effort to rid Myrtle Beach of motorcycle rallies, officials in the city enacted a law requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet within the city limits. Well, there are 50 people who had been ticketed for helmet infractions that believe the Myrtle Beach law violates the State’s Constitution, which allows anyone over the age of 21 to choose whether or not to ride with a helmet. Their attorney, Tom McGrath of the Motorcycle Law Group, is now arguing on behalf of the ticked riders.

It’s anyone’s guess on how the Supreme Court Justices will rule on this case, but the riders may have a friend in Justice Don Beatty. Justice Beatty questioned the motives of the law by making the following statement.

“I realize the issue is narrow here, but don’t pretend like we don’t know what’s going on,” Beatty said to Myrtle Beach attorney Mike Battle. “We read. We all know why the city [passed the rally ordinances].”

The justices won’t likely rule in the case for at least a few more months.

Source: [The Palmetto Scoop]