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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — There’s enough support in a North Carolina House committee to limit the state’s motorcycle helmet requirement to just those people under age 21.

The House transportation panel agreed Tuesday to give adults the option to ride without a helmet if they have had a motorcycle license for a year, completed a safety course and have insurance covering $10,000 in medical benefits.

Violators would face a small fine.

Bill sponsor Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County says he’s a motorcyclist who considers helmets a freedom of choice issue. Torbett said data suggests that wearing helmets does not result in improved safety.

AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby disagrees. His group says the change will lead to more injuries and medical costs.

The bill now goes to another House committee.

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23 Comments on "NC panel OKs optional motorcycle helmet for adults"

2015 years 10 months ago

I only have one comment. Why don’t school buses have seat belts ?
If I’m required by law as at 35+ year old driver why force me to wear a set belt or helmet but our children ride on a bus with out one??????? Hmmmm

2015 years 10 months ago

Iwas a biker or some may callit my ride
i cant ride no more because of my lower back and other issu
but if i can you better belivei would havea helmet on ! yes sir
one there are to many peopleon the roads here in wilmington who cant drive a car,or they come down from up north and drive there way ,,
here is a short story ,,driveing with a helmet might save your life
not wearing one will kill you ,,i see they say its wanted by the freedom of choice ,well my choice is to get off the pain killer every day i take and to have the right to smoke pot to stay out of pain,,but we cant have that right lol
and if it gets passed everyone’s ins will go up by 45% i dont want mine to go up because someone says he has the right to be a dummy and not to wear his helment we need good people around,,wear your helment,,,ohh by the way i had a 1979 trimp lol now its back in ny.at the morrisville collage to show what will happen when you dont wear a helment !!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m no fan of either seat belt or helmet laws but if you’re dumb enough to not use them… Well there should be a clause saying you can NOT sue another motorist even if it was their fault for any kind of damages/medical bills/death. While we’re on the topic of motorcycle laws let us crack down on the inspection shops that PASS motorcycles that do not have mufflers or at least baffles against the DMV regulations that require same to pass the annual safety inspection.

2015 years 10 months ago

Let me get this straight you tell a guy on a motorcycle he can choose to wear a helmit or not but the guy in the suv he must wear a seatbelt for his own safety?? What a joke!! The government needs to get out of peoples lives and let them choose for themselves on both!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Motorcycle injuries become more severe due to no protective helmets I would surmise that insurance rates for motorcycles would rise.
Is there any data showing the difference in insurance rates between helmet and no helmet required states?



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