FYI: in case anyone is interested, myself I think I will continue to wear my helmet. This was on the "clickondetroit" website.
Bill Passes To Allow Motorcyclists To Ride Without Helmets
Legislation Passed 66-37
POSTED: 4:54 pm EDT June 7, 2006
After hundreds of motorcycle riders rallied outside the Capitol, the state House on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow adults to ride without helmets if they meet certain criteria.
The legislation passed by a 66-37 vote. It already has passed the state Senate and is headed to Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has concerns about the bill and could veto it, she said.
Several previous efforts at overturning the 1960s law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets have failed.
The legislation passed Wednesday would allow riders 21 and older to go without helmets if they have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have taken a safety course. Motorcyclists also would have to carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance.
Supporters of the legislation said motorcyclists should have the freedom to ride without a helmet. At least 30 other states, including some in the Midwest, give adults the option to not wear a helmet.
Some groups have argued that more out-of-state riders would be attracted to Michigan and boost the tourism industry if the mandatory helmet requirement is relaxed.
But helmet supporters said not wearing the headgear would lead to more deaths and injuries. They also said medical bills would increase, potentially affecting insurance rates.
Each survivor of a severe head injury requires between $4.1 and $9 million in care over a lifetime, according to the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents.
Supporters and opponents of the legislation disagree on how much protection helmets provide against closed-head injuries.