Michael Silence reports on the new “wheelie ban” in Tennessee. This piece of worthless legislation was the gift of the generous Vince Dean. There was, however some opposition.
House Judiciary Chairman Rob Briley questioned the need for the legislation, since police can already pull over motorcyclists for wheelies.
“We ought to leave well enough alone with the current law,â€œ said Briley, D-Nashville.
Dean amended his bill to exclude inadvertent wheelies, and those performed in parades by adults riding slower than 30 mph.
So let me get this straight. The only people now allowed to pop wheelies are clowns and guys who don’t know how to ride well enough to keep the front wheel down in the first place. Sounds about right.
This is right up there with the seatbelt and helmet laws. Next there will be a law prohibiting nose picking while driving. The Tennessee Driver’s Handbook clearly states:
It is best to have your hands at about the 3 oâ€™clock and 9 oâ€™clock positions.
Of course, I took this from the 2005 online manual. It could possibly have changed by now, but the 2006 manual hasn’t been published online yet…no mention at all of the 2007 manual on www.tennessee.gov.
I’m sure exceptions could be made to allow drivers to pick their noses at red lights (good thing we have cameras there) and stop signs so long as they aren’t holding up traffic.