published Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Motorcycle helmet could become optional for adult riders in Tennessee

A proposed bill being considered this week would give motorcyclists age 21 and older the option of riding without a helmet.
A proposed bill being considered this week would give motorcyclists age 21 and older the option of riding without a helmet.
Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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Should motorcycle riders 21 and older be allowed to ride without a helmet?

Older motorcyclists would have the option of riding without a helmet under a bill Tennessee lawmakers plan to take up this week.

The legislation, dubbed the “Motorcyclist Liberty Restoration Act,” would allow riders 21 and older to ride without a helmet. The bill goes before key House and Senate committees starting today.

Currently, Tennessee is one of 19 states nationwide, including most southern states, that require a helmet for all motorcycle riders. Twenty-eight states require helmets for only younger riders. Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire have no helmet laws, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

But a group of the state’s leading health care providers has lined up in opposition, arguing that relaxing the law will lead to more injuries and deaths and burden taxpayers.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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