Michigan became the 31st state to repeal its helmet law today, and the announcement was met with predictable cheers from the anti-lid set, as well as the usual counterargument that organ donor recipients finally have something to get excited about.
Governor Rick Snyder signed the Republican-sponsored bill into law yesterday following several years of debate, which included two vetoes by former Governor Jennifer Granholm. "While many motorcyclists will continue to wear helmets," he said in a news release, "those who choose not to deserve the latitude to make their own informed judgments."
The law comes with several caveats. Riders must be at least 21 years old and carry $20,000 of first party medical benefits coverage before ditching their lids. They are also required to have passed a motorcycle safety course or have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years; all but the last two stipulations also apply for passengers.
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Source: Detroit News
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