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UPDATE: Gov. Snyder Signs Law Making Motorcycle Helmets Optional in Michigan

Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.

Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet since Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation, his office announced today. 

Motorcyclists who are 21 or older can ride without a helmet if they have at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance and passed a motorcycle safety course or had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years.

Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight.

Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving aerodynamics.

What do you think? Vote in our poll below.

Mark Itall February 20, 2013 at 05:52 PM
More importantly, start reading new articles. Stop commenting on year old pieces.
Paige43 February 20, 2013 at 06:06 PM
uptil I saw the bank draft which had said $4886, I did not believe that my mom in-law realy taking home money in there spare time on their apple labtop.. there neighbour started doing this for less than seventeen months and by now repaid the debts on their place and purchased a great new Saab 99 Turbo. I went here, FLY38. ℂOM
Patricia February 20, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Oh Jody, my apologies, your comment got in under the wrong post--see below. And yes, you are very correct to what we have seen in the comments- Thank you
Jeddy Tranquill February 22, 2013 at 02:43 AM
winning and goodbye
jean sullivan February 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
to the no helmet advocates. go the a nursing home and view the motorcycle head injury patients who have to have poopy diapers changed 24/7. even minor accidents can cause severe head injuries. dexter

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