Oklahoma No Helmet, No Ride!

Oklahoma No Helmet, No Ride!

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Amanda Lack started this petition to Oklahoma State House and

On Thursday early morning June 27th my ex husband of 15yrs and father of my two children and two children from previous relationships made the choice to ride his motorcycle without his helmet. He didn’t not make it back to his house. Instead he went for an ambulance ride to save his life. He was unable to be revived and place on life support due to the severity of his head injuries. The family gathered and rallied around Saturday June 29th to say goodbye as he was taken off the machines. Held on for a bit with his big strong heart but he passed at 11:05 riding his Harley into the skies. Leaving his children, grandchildren, and loved ones without him. No one expected this. He’s been riding since his teens. But concrete isn’t forgiving and gravity is real. One to advocate for his riders to wear one but not always his practice if law allowed. 

With that being said we are wanting to rally and fight for others to not experience this loss and heartache to change Oklahoma’s laws. Currently this is the equipment required with an endorsement. 

Oklahoma Statutes Citationized
   Title 47. Motor Vehicles
     Chapter 12 - Equipment of Vehicles
         Article Article 6 - Motorcycles
         Section 12-609 - Required Equipment
Cite as: O.S. §, __ __

A. In addition to other requirements prescribed by this chapter, by federal law or by local ordinance, all motorcycles, except when operated on actual trail rides conducted outside of public roads and highways, shall be equipped with:

1. Two rearview mirrors, containing a reflection surface of not less than three (3) inches in diameter, mounted one on each side of the motorcycle and positioned so as to enable the operator to clearly view the roadway to the rear of the vehicle;

2. A windshield of sufficient quality, size and thickness to protect the operator from foreign objects, except that in lieu of such windshield, the operator shall wear goggles or other protective eyewear which meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z87.1 and provides positive retention, or a face shield of material and design to protect the operator from foreign objects;

3. A properly operating speedometer capable of registering at least the maximum legal speed limit for that motorcycle;

4. A fender over each wheel. All fenders shall be of the type provided by the manufacturer;

5. A horn which shall comply with the requirements of Section 12-401 of this title; and

6. A muffler or other effective noise-suppressing system which shall comply with the requirements of Section 12-402 of this title.

B. No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle unless such person is properly wearing a crash helmet of a type which complies with standards established by 49 C.F.R., Section 571.218.

C. Handlebars on motorcycles shall not be higher than eye level of the operator.

So once you are all legal and equipped with gear off you ride into the sunset. Wind rush against you with that roar of the pavement, such a freeing feeling. To have that freedom to feel the ground and cruise around on two wheels. That connection to the open road calls to people like the sea. But much like the sea it’s dangerous and unpredictable on the road. To go around not having vital gear seems negligent to yourself. Our brains are not made for impact with hard surfaces. Helmets are made for that chance to avoid critical injury. Yes bad things can happen wearing one, just like a seat belt sometimes isn’t helpful. Choosing to wear either usually decreases the percentage of injuries occurred.

For 4 children and two grandchildren with one more on the way left without their Dad, Grandpa. A mother having to bury her son at 48. And countless others mourning his absence now. He’ll never be here to hugs them again, walk them down the aisle, or spoil his grandkids because it wasn’t required so it’s all good. No it wasn’t all good.

Whose to say his head injuries would killed him or not with his helmet on. His children believe it would have been less. I believe it and countless others. His Red Dirt Rejects have already changed their by-laws and others have started to wear them that chose to usually not. He was able to donate some organs changing more lives out of this tragedy.

So please help us let the Oklahoma Government know this law needs to be amended to include helmets for all riders. A half helmet to full face whatever fits to protect your brain under that skull. Unless you have your affairs in order and known your family will be fine without ride free and no helmet. #nohelmetnoride4mykelmitchell

Thank you for taking your time to read and share. Be your best life support, choose to save your own life. 

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