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Florida Helmet Law Proposal

Written by  January 31, 2017

A bill in Florida was introduced that would require all riders to wear helmets.

This proposed bill, HB 6009, would require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets by stripping from state law an exemption added in 2000 that allows them to go helmet-less as long as they are over the age of 21 and have “at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle.”

Since that exemption, Florida has seen an increase in fatalities from motorcycle crashes, including a 28% increase from 2014 to 2015 with a 73% increase in motorcycle passenger deaths. About half of all fatalities were not wearing helmets