South Carolina May Ban Children From Riding Motorcycles

Posted on January 30, 2012

Today I’d like to bring you word on one person’s fight to make it illegal for children under the age of 8 to be passengers on motorcycles (or to be drivers, but that should go without saying, right?)

A State Representative from Goose Creek, South Carolina, has introduced the bill, which has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.  According to reports, the representative is simply concerned about child safety.  If a kid cannot be properly secured to the vehicle, then he is not capable of safely riding that vehicle.

A helmet requirement does not go far enough because that doesn’t protect the children from other forms of injury, he said.  In addition, many smaller kids are not be able reach the pegs or maintain a good grip with their arms.  For all these reasons, the State Representative thinks a new law needs to be in place.

It’s unlawful in many states for kids in the affected age range not to be strapped into car seats, so a law like this makes sense to a Ventura car accident attorney like myself.  Motorcycles simply do not have the same safety standards as an automobile, and as a personal injury lawyer in Ventura, it seems that a law like this could help keep children safe.

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