US Governer signs law relaxing helmet use

Michigan riders over 21 can ride without a helmet once more

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Submitted by TH on Fri, 13/04/2012 - 17:07

Next year will mark 40 years since motorcycle helmets became mandatory in the UK. It's unthinkable that this law would ever be relaxed whilst riders across the pond have very different views on the matter.

Laws vary across the pond in the US, with some states requiring no helmet to be worn. Other states have laws that allow no helmets if you meet certain age and medical insurance restrictions. For the last decade it has been mandatory to wear a helmet in Michigan, but Governer Rick Snyder has recently signed into law a bill that will allow riders in that state to feel the wind through their hair once again.

From a UK law perspective this certainly feels like a step backwards but US citizens have always felt very strongly about their freedom. Synder says "there is no substitute for proper training, education and awareness when it comes to operating any motor vehicle" but whilst riders over 21 (with appropriate insurance) can now ride without a helmet, car drivers must stay buckled up or risk a ticket.

So is the freedom to leave that helmet at home a good idea or is this a case where making your own decisions could be bad for your health?

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