Richmond VA: A bill sponsored by Chris Stolle, (R) from Virginia Beach would make it illegal for children under 8 years of age to ride on a motorcycle, either as a passenger or as an operator. House Bill 1850, which has the support of some law enforcement officers, has outraged motorcycle enthusiasts and motorcycle rights groups.
On www.pilotonline.com Matt Danielson, legal counsel for the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists said, ”I don’t look at this as a governmental issue. I look at this as a parental issue. I think the parent can make a better decision about whether their child is ready to ride than can some legislator in Richmond.”
Other motorcyclists say that Virginia is trying to create a law where none is needed.
According to statistics, more children in Virginia are hurt or killed riding bicycles.