Bill Bans Short-Legged Motorcycle Passengers

A bill to ban children under age five from riding motorcycles has been revised to apply instead to anyone whose feet are too short to reach footpegs.
With the amendment attached, the bill was unanimously passed in the Senate on Monday night. The new misdemeanor crime would be punishable by a $50 fine with no court costs.
The change from age to footpegs as a standard was made after negotiation with motorcycle enthusiasts, according to the Maryville Republicans sponsoring SB74, Sen. Doug Overbey and Rep. Bob Ramsey.
A passenger’s ability to rest feet securely on the pegs is more of a safety concern than just age, Ramsey told a House committee earlier after negotiating the “compromise.”
Also, law enforcement officers will be able to tell at a glance whether a passenger is in violation of the law while guessing a child’s age might make enforcement difficult, he said.
The only debate on the Senate floor came when Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, asked Overbey how the law would apply to “a person doesn’t have any feet” after amputation or a “small person.”
“Frankly, that question has not come up,” replied Overbey, who went on to suggest that “we can expect law enforcement to use good common sense in the exercise of this enforcement.”
The House version has been approved by one committee, but still needs approval of the House Finance Committee.

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