Bill Repeals Nebraska Helmet Law
Supporters say change will increase tourism
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Omaha, NE - They are often some of the most serious crashes resulting in major injuries and death. The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show thirty-four thousand bikers were killed in the U.S. from 2001-2008.
Gary Hausmann says he would have been a statistic if he hadn't been wearing his helmet. Hausmann crashed his bike in 2006 and spent 15 days in the hospital, five in a coma.
He's appalled that a bill making its way through the Nebraska Legislature would repeal the state's helmet law. Supporters say the law is ineffective and imposes on individual rights.
Hausmann says, "Seat belts in cars, padded dashes in cars, safety glass in cars or airbags in cars because we have to buy that equipment and if you stretch your imagination, that's an invasion of our privacy."
Supporters of the bill testified in Lincoln last week that driver education, training and awareness programs are more effective than laws. Hausman isn't buying it, "Not one person has come forward and said Gary Hausmann screwed up. I couldn't have prevented it."