Testimony Heard In Motorcycle Helmet Law

Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 15:06:21-05

It was an emotional testimony on Capitol Hill as state lawmakers have been considering a repeal of the state's motorcycle helmet law.

A House Finance Committee heard testimony late Tuesday afternoon.  

“We've looked at every state that has done this over the past 15 years, and the increases vary from 25 percent to 100 percent increase in the fatality rate,” said Tracy Trott, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Not one person in support of repealing the helmet law testified Tuesday.

The finance committee was the last stop before the House floor.

Lawmakers heard emotional testimony from a man who suffered a brain injury in a crash several years ago.

Patrick Lang said he and his wife crashed in South Dakota. They were not wearing helmets.
Lang's wife died, and Lang suffered severe head injuries.

“If you could spend just two hours in my head and in my body,” Lang began, “if I could just give that to somebody who even thought about not wearing a helmet. They would not think twice about wearing a helmet in the future.”

There was no vote taken on the helmet bill Tuesday. That vote was scheduled in the committee one week from the testimony.