weather icon Clear

Moped helmet law cruises through Nevada Senate

CARSON CITY — Helmets would become required headgear for moped riders under a bill passed Tuesday by the Nevada Senate.

Supporters of Senate Bill 426 said during a committee hearing it’s not the speed of the vehicles that leads to fatal or critical injury when they crash. Rather, it’s the traumatic head injuries suffered when riders are tossed off the bike and slam their heads on the pavement.

From 2006-2010, there were 362 injuries and nine deaths involving moped and scooter crashes in Nevada, according to statistics from the Nevada Department of Transportation. Last year there were 15 moped-related deaths, up from six the previous year.

The bill passed 20-1, with Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, casting the lone no vote.

The bill now goes to the Assembly.

Contact Sandra Chereb at schereb@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3821. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Lawsuit challenges Nevada’s new diabetes drug disclosure law

Two pharmaceutical groups have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a bill passed by the 2017 Nevada Legislature requiring disclosure of the pricing of diabetes drugs.

Nevada Legislature approves final payment for ESA software

The final action on Nevada’s controversial private school choice program came Thursday when the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee approved $105,000 to pay off the remaining costs incurred by a vendor who was working on the development of software to implement the program.

Recall targets a third Nevada senator

A third recall petition against a female Nevada state senator was filed Wednesday.

Federal government approves Nevada’s education plan

Nevada is among four states to get U.S. Education Department approval of its plan as required under a new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.