Opponents Succeed in Blocking Proposed Helmet Law


Motorcycle riders will still be required to wear a helmet as a bill to repeal the state's helmet law was successfullyblocked in the legislature Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 25 to 22 to end debate on the bill andforce a vote, but 33 votes were needed to stop a filibuster that has been going since Thursday.

The measure by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins would have exempted riders older than 21 from the law.

He says he the decision to wear a helmet should be a personal choice, while opponents argued the law would have increased insurance and health care costs and made the roads less safe.