MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a bill that makes Michigan the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet. Under the bill, motorcyclists can ride without a helmet if they’re at least 21 years old, carry additional insurance and have passed a motorcycle safety course or have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years.
Some motorcyclists have been pushing for repeal of the helmet requirement for more than four decades. Some safety officials and insurance groups have objected to the repeal of the law, saying it will lead to more carnage on the roads and higher insurance costs for non-riders. Supporters of the repeal have argued that there have not been problems in other states where there is no helmet requirement.
Great Lakes Radio News Director Walt Lindala sat down with GLR’s Bill Tibor and Mike Plourde on the SUNNY Morning Show this morning for an impromptu discussion of the changes to the law that were announced earlier today. Tibor, who is in favor of riding without a helmet, discussed the changes with Plourde, who is an advocate of helmet use.
To listen to the conversation, please click on the audio link below: