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Michigan may rescind helmet law for some

Posted On Fri, July 1, 2011

Michigan lawmakers appear to be on the cusp of passing a law that a nationwide insurer has declared it's strongly opposed to.

By a vote of 24 to 14, Senate legislators in Michigan approved a bill that would allow motorcycle riders over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet if they can prove they have a health insurance policy of at least $100,000.

The bill still has to go through the Michigan House of Representatives before it goes to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.

AAA Michigan has stated its opposition to the proposal, citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which found that there was an 81 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities three years after the state's mandatory helmet law was repealed.

Michigan residents appear to be against the measure as well, as several polls conducted by AAA Michigan over the years have found widespread approval with the law as presently constituted.

According to the Detroit News, Snyder may support repealing the helmet requirement, so long as there other changes to the state's auto insurance policies.

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