As in most instances of legislation that have this kind of 'flavor' and imbalance against both federal law and common sense, I think enforcement will be weak at best. Disinterested might be another appropriate word. Still it nags me to the bone to see this kind of thing happen.The handhold strap will meet the standard, as will the passenger pegs. That is a federal law and trumps state law under the commerce clause.
So an emotional reaction from parents that think their daughters death could have been prevented by a law. Complete fallacy, but a politician is not going to ignore a grieving parent, no matter the uselessness of the legislation.
The secret to motorbike safety is not to crash into a ditch and hit a road sign in this case.
It is good the Texas training programs will talk about carrying a passenger. An area of education to the novice that is lacking. At least from the shittt I observe every spring with the "paper plates" crowd.
Watched that. I noticed that the guy on the bike was all squirrly just before the bag inflated. Then, I chuckled thinking just how much of a useless piece of expensive crap the bag would be. I've crashed twice. No bag would have been helpful in either case. In fact, in both cases, a bag would have likely caused more serious injury.