Motorcycle riders in North Carolina would
have to wear helmets from among those that comply with federal
safety standards under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House.
Some lawmakers objected, saying the standards are unclear and
based on voluntary testing -- not mandatory safety tests. They also
objected to the bill's requirement that all helmets must have a
But sponsor Ronnie Sutton, a Robeson County Democrat, says the
bill simply removes the responsibility for approving helmets from
the state commissioner of motor vehicles and lets someone with more
expertise set the standard.
The bill now goes to the Senate.