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Published On: 3.27.2013 Charlotte, NC

Update On North Carolina’s Helmet Law For Adult Motorcyclists

On behalf of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates

 

The House Transportation Committee recently approved House Bill 109 on a voice vote. This proposal would allow riders 21 and over to choose to ride without a helmet as long as they have at least $10,000 in medical coverage in case of a wreck. The penalty for failing to have the required insurance would be a $25.50 ticket. This affects an estimated 200,000 motorcyclists in North Carolina.

There are two sides to the issue:

1) Safety:  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls the helmet requirement the best, most effective safety measure to prevent traffic deaths. At this time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rated North Carolina’s helmet law the most effective in the country.

2) Freedom of Choice: “If the person driving a motorcycle chooses not to wear a helmet and something happens, he’s not hurting anybody but himelf.” Concerned Bikers Association says it’s a “liberty issue.” They state that “Liberty is being able to chart your own course without fear of retribution from the state. Helmets are not the answer. The education of motorists and motorcyclists is what saves lives.”

Critics of the legislation say it’s the state’s taxpayers who end up footing the bill when a motorcyclist sustains a brain injury and becomes permanently disabled. What do you think? Should North Carolina pass this law?