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Old 01-18-2010, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Iowa/child on motorcycle law

Any one in Iowa seen this ?? what do you make of it ?

Looks like more big brother trying to control what you do to me.


New motorcycle legislation was introduced the first full business day of the 2010 legislative session. Representative Zirkekbach from Jones County introduced HF2016. ABATE of Iowa has registered as opposed to this legislation. We will be following up on the legislation next week after all the hoopla.
The bill is listed below.

House File 2016

HOUSE FILE
BY ZIRKELBACH

A BILL FOR

1 An Act imposing an age restriction for motorcycle passengers
2 and making a penalty applicable.
3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
TLSB 5045YH (4) 83
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1 1 Section 1. Section 321.275, subsection 2, paragraph b, Code
1 2 2009, is amended to read as follows:
1 3 b. Motorcycles.
1 4 (1) A person shall not operate or ride a motorcycle on
1 5 the highways with another person on the motorcycle unless the
1 6 motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person. The
1 7 additional passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular
1 8 seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly
1 9 attached to the motorcycle at the rear of the operator. The
1 10 motorcycle shall be equipped with footrests for the passenger
1 11 unless the passenger is riding in a sidecar or enclosed cab.
1 12 The motorcycle operator shall not carry any person nor shall
1 13 any other person ride in a position that will interfere with
1 14 the operation or control of the motorcycle or the view of the
1 15 operator.
1 16 (2) A person shall not operate a motorcycle on the highways
1 17 with another person on the motorcycle who is under twelve years
1 18 of age.
1 19 EXPLANATION
1 20 This bill amends current law concerning the operation
1 21 of motorcycles to prohibit transporting a passenger who is
1 22 under 12 years of age. The provision does not apply when a
1 23 motorcycle is operated in a parade authorized by permit from
1 24 local authorities.
1 25 Under existing law, a person who violates provisions
1 26 relating to the transportation of passengers on a motorcycle
1 27 commits a simple misdemeanor, punishable by a scheduled fine
1 28 of $25. That penalty is applicable for a violation under the
1 29 bill.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like they're trying to keep some of the young ones safe. I think some of those laws if not all are in effect in other states.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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12! those safety nazi's would have denied me my first 10 years of fun.
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Old 01-18-2010, 11:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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In Californian the passenger has to have a helmet and be able to reach the rear foot pegs to be legal.
I read in the paper about a couple that were pulled over on a motorcycle for having their infant child in one of those papoose baby carriers. They both were wearing a helmet, but there was nothing on the infant.
We will keep getting new laws as long as people keep doing things like this.
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When I form an opinion on laws, I ask myself if I think it's reasonable or not. A law like this seems reasonable to me. I know some people think that any regulations are too many, but a case like this where a child isn't aware of the potential for fatal injuries and is putting his life in the hands of the operator, I see this as an example of proper regulation.
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12? Both of mine started at 5.
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my rule is if you cant reach the footpegs you dont get to ride
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See how the other side of the world does it.
Yes indeed...

When I was working in Mumbai, I used to see this all the time. Even scarier was when the young lady was wearing a sari and the silk of the garment was dangling down around the spokes and sprocket.

Yeah...I know. It would seem to be something you'd want to follow around just to see "if," but after the frantic "reveal," it might end up rather badly for both of 'em...
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I plan on putting my first born on the handle bars to cut down wind. With a helmet on of course, lets not be irrational.
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12? Both of mine started at 5.
+1 they had to wait until they could reach the floorboards
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maryland tried this a few years ago, but abate lobbyed and got it thrown out. the law states that you have to be able to reach the footpegs. as far as children not knowing the risk, it is and should be the responsibility of the parents, not the government to keep the kids safe.
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