Alabama bikers rallying against proposed new helmet law
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BIKER DAD) –Alabama bikers rallying against a new proposed helmet law are planning on taking their argument to the capitol. Freddy Wheeler with Dixie Abate, of Alabama, Alabama’s only state motorcycle rights organization, posted about it on the group’s Facebook page. Full disclosure, I am a member of Florida Abate and planning to join the Dixie chapter as well.
I wrote about the same law last year, senator Clyde Chambliss is proposing that every helmet sold in Alabama require a reflective sticker. Part of the complaint is that this only adds to the expense of already costly safety gear. Decent helmets aren’t cheap, and those with reflective features tend to cost even more. Senate Bill 357 passed in committee last year but did not make it all the way through the process. Last session I reached out to Chambliss for comment and he did not return my calls.
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Chambliss is simply re-introducing the same law with a new number. It is set to be heard by committee Tuesday mornning. “Rest assured we do oppose this. While in itself this seems to be harmless, we are opposed as it will mean that all motorcycle helmets bought and sold in Alabama would require a reflective sticker which manufactures would just pass on to consumers,” Wheeler wrote. “The size, shape, and luminescence of that still has to be determined by someone as well as what about those helmets already produced and being worn? We would rather the state pass the hands free initiative so drivers are required to put down the cell phone. Dixie ABATE Of Alabama will continue to monitor and address these and other issues that impact us the riders.”
The group is heading to Montgomery on January 20th as well to have breakfast with lawmakers and stress they issues facing bikers and impress upon our leaders how important the biker constituency is in Alabama.