Michigan Motorcyle Helmet Laws To Be Repealed?
There are many arguments for and against helmet laws. There are safety concerns. There are liability concerns. There are those who say that it is a bikers’ right to choose. Michigan’s law currently requires all riders to wear a helmet, but that may be about to change.
Two bills repealing the state’s helmet law have been introduced in the state Legislature.
House Bill 4608, sponsored originally by Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kenneth Horn, R-Frankenmuth, would allow riders 21 or older to go without helmets if they carry at least $20,000 in personal liability insurance.
Senate Bill 291, sponsored by Sen. Phillip Pavlov, R-St. Clair, would not require helmets on riders 20 or older if they have passed a safety course or carried a motorcycle endorsement the previous two years.
Former Governor Granholm vetoed similar bills twice. Governor Snyder’s stance is unclear.