Sunday, April 15, 2012

Michigan governor signs motorcycle helmet repeal - Washington Times

Michigan governor signs motorcycle helmet repeal - Washington Times:
Michigan helmet laws are reviewed. (The Washington Times)
Michigan helmet laws are reviewed.
(The Washington Times)

 Despite safety and cost arguments from the insurance industry and the medical community, Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday that he had signed into law a repeal of the state’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law.

His nod for repeal comes as welcome news to bikers around the state, many of whom have lobbied the Michigan Statehouse for three decades for the freedom to make their own decisions on helmet protections. Michigan becomes the 31st state in the nation to have an option on helmet use.

“Motorcycle accidents are a very small percentage of accidents overall,” said Vince Consiglio, president of the motorcycle safety and advocacy group ABATE. “Data from other states demonstrates that states that remove mandatory helmet laws do not see an increase in insurance premiums, and states that institute helmet laws do not see a corresponding decrease in insurance rates.”