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03/16/2017    

PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS


NE Podiatrist Leads Filibuster Against Repeal of Helmet Law


 


Nebraska state senators are debating whether to repeal a law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, and those pushing to get rid of the requirement are optimistic they may finally succeed after years of trying. Nebraska should avoid making the same mistake as Louisiana, which repealed its helmet law in 1999 and reinstated it in 2004, said Sen. Robert Hilkemann, a retired Omaha podiatrist leading the filibuster against the bill.


 













Dr. Robert Hilkemann and cracked bicycle helmet.



 


"We will have more brain injuries in the state of Nebraska, and we will have more deaths," he said. "Why would Nebraska be any different than any other states that have repealed this law?" Brain injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents cost taxpayers who end up paying for uninsured or underinsured riders, Hilkemann said. Motorcyclists who ride without helmets are also less likely to have health insurance, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.


 


Source: Julia Shumway, Sioux City Journal via Associated Press [3/14/17]
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