Proposed Louisiana Bill Will Exempt Motorcycle Helmets From Mask-Wearing Ban

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Except for Mardi Gras, Halloween, or religious reasons, did you know it’s against the law in Louisiana to cover your face with a mask or hood? Neither did we. As it turns out, there have been some overzealous police officers in the state looking to exploit this little-known law, pulling over and ticketing motorcyclists wearing helmets because the safety devices covered their faces, hence breaking the law. That’s right – motorcyclists were being ticketed for wearing helmets.

Realizing the absurdity of ticketing helmeted motorcyclists, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, introduced House Bill 161, which would exempt helmeted motorcyclists from the mask ban. The bill looks likely to pass, as committee members signed off on it April 19 during the 2017 legislative session. Chalk this up as one instance where common sense wins the day.

Get the full story at The Times-Picayune.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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