Delaware motorcycle helmet law could be revised

A law that requires motorcyclists in Delaware to carry along a helmet, even if he or she does not intend to wear it, could be in for some changes. 

Motorcyclists in the First State currently are not required to wear a helmet.  However, they are required to have them in their possession while riding.

The requirement is designed to encourage motorcyclists to have head protection if they anticipate the need, or if they cross into a state that requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet.  However, many motorcyclists feel restricted or uncomfortable with a helmet.

The bill had several co-sponsors and passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives, 23-13.  It goes to the Senate for consideration.  The legislation does not affect the current requirement that any motorcyclist 19 years of age or under wear a helmet while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

Alison Kirk of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety says motorcycle-related fatalities had been declining in recent years.  14 motorcyclists lost their lives on Delaware roadways in 2009, and nine motorcyclists were killed in 2010.

So far in 2011, there have been six motorcycle fatalities in Delaware.  In two of those cases, the victim was not wearing a helmet.

“A helmet is always a plus,” Kirk says.  “You never know, if you do get into a crash, what you’re going to end up hitting:  the pavement, an object or another vehicle.  A helmet can help you survive.”

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