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Old 04-19-2009, 10:35 PM   #41
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

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I have to agree with my husband and not just because he's my husband. It's my decision as parent to ride with my children(whatever their age). For those of you who know us, and know us well, know that we ride as safe as possible with or without our children on the bike. We also believe that if someone chooses to ride without gear, without a helmet, etc. that is their right(if the law still allows them to).

We went to legislature up here to fight the very law because they wanted to make a law that a child riding between the ages of 5 and 12 had to be to touch the foot pegs and have a back rest or hand rests. The law is already that they have to be 5. My testimony in the capitol was if they start legislating it there, where will it end. Boating is huge up here and life jackets saves lives, but it will not save the life of a child that falls in the lake in February and is in it for just a few minutes. What about snow skiing? We strap skis to 3-5 yr olds and send them down a mountain. You want to talk about dangerous. It is a parents responsibility to weigh the risks and benefits of any outdoors sports. Don't even get me started on the dangers of football. There are risks in every single thing you do in life. From walking out the door, to walking down the steps, to driving a car to flying in an airplane and everything in between. We do our best as parents to keep our kids as safe as possible, but we have to allow them to live or they will never experience anything.

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Old 04-19-2009, 11:06 PM   #42
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

I don't have an issue with a bill that requires them to touch the pegs or the age restriction on public roads.

The following is a little of topic.

What do you guys think of having Sputnik as a spokesman from the MC community on this issue? From what I understand, he is the founder of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association.http://www.tmra2.org




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Old 04-20-2009, 08:43 AM   #43
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

He has been in every one of the last 17 sessions (IIRC) of the Legislature. More than most legislators.

He was key in bringing to light the fact that money earmarked for motorcycle training generated by motorcycle registration is being "misappropriated" by the DPS.

He's the face of motorcycling for the Texas Legislature because no one else can equal his record of dedication and perseverance. No matter what else you think or feel, that's a simple fact, and his record is beyond dispute. He wields a lot of clout in the Leg.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:30 AM   #44
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

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Here are the links to the senate testimony:

The testimony against it
Some familiar folks telling it like it is (very end).
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:16 AM   #45
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

I realize this is resurrecting an old thread but I noticed in the list of new Texas laws effective 9/1/2009, the minimum age for passengers on motorcycles is 5 unless riding in a sidecar. Reference HB537.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:29 AM   #46
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

poser v 2.0 will be showing up with in a few weeks, and some friends gave us this cool hiking style framed back pack for carrying a kiddo.
The wife isn't to keen on me packing him up and taking him for ride though. Can't figure out why
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:52 PM   #47
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I realize this is resurrecting an old thread but I noticed in the list of new Texas laws effective 9/1/2009, the minimum age for passengers on motorcycles is 5 unless riding in a sidecar. Reference HB537.
I just found the bill - http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs...f/HB00537F.pdf

Page 3, lines 5-14. This sucks!!!

So, any officers out there want to give us a better interpretation? It says that an "emergency" would constitute an acceptable reason. But, really? WTH?

There are plenty of 4 year olds that are perfectly able to reach passenger pegs. Doesn't Perry and our illustrious state legislation have anything better to do??? How about all those illegal kids bouncing around the tiny little cars like jumping beans? I'd like to see that get enforced!

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Old 08-20-2009, 08:23 PM   #48
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

so if i give my 4 yr old a ride, and get stopped, is he gonna have to show his ID
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:17 PM   #49
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so if i give my 4 yr old a ride, and get stopped, is he gonna have to show his ID
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:21 PM   #50
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Re: Minimum (legal) riding passenger age in Texas

It's like the reverse of "how old are you kid" at the movie theather.
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