Motorcyclists Circle Governor's Mansion Protesting New State Law

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

Motorcyclists are protesting a new state law that requires all riders to wear helmets that meet federal safety standards.

About 40 motorcyclists circled the governor's mansion on Tuesday and vowed to fight the law that went into effect on New Year's Day.

Those who oppose the law say the measure is invasive and forces
consumers to determine equipment safety. Protest organizer Janice
MacKay encouraged riders to challenge helmet tickets in court.

Lawmakers approved the helmet law last year, hoping to increase the quality of helmets that riders use. Annual motorcycle deaths more than doubled in the decade from 1997 to 2006, and a range of studies show that helmet laws can help lower head injuries.

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  • by betsy Location: williamston nc on Jan 2, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    I am excited for all motorcycle riders to have this new helmet law. Some are too ignorant to realize their lives and/or livelihood could be saved with a proper helmet. Please give the veiwers some statistics on the added safety of good helmets and show them pictures like we see on the trauma shows on tv so they can see the horrible head/face wounds from riders with no or inadaquate helmets and some of the riders walking and talking after an accident in which they were wearing a DOT helmet. I know helmets are hot and some are not so comfortable, and they don't stop all injuries or deaths.I wish more riders would go a step further and wear even more safety gear,like padded jackets,pants,gloves and good boots.Your news could help a lot by showing some of the new safety gear available. Motorcyclers often get the worst in accidents, even when we're not at fault. We need all the protection we can get. I love riding my bike, and wearing a better helmet sure beats being brain dead.
  • by BIG J Location: SNOWHILL on Jan 2, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    You go men. It is about time the law makers and the state and the Government,Stop sat down and Listen to the People who put them there. They were voted in and they can be voted out.After all we do Pay them.
  • by Elwood Location: Washington on Jan 2, 2008 at 02:05 PM
    I think it is a good law,A helmet should be dot approved.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Jan 2, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    “. . .Annual motorcycle deaths more than doubled in the decade from 1997 to 2006. . .” What people fail to see in statistics like these is the fact that the motorcycle industry has just seen its’ 14th straight year of increased sales. While it is alarming that the number of deaths have increased, keep in mind, that there are many more factors at play than simple helmet ratings. NOTE: "In the USA between 1991 and 2001, the number of registered motorcycles increased by 17% and the number of riders killed increased by 14% (NHTSA, 2004). Over a similar period in the UK (1993-2001) there was a 28% increase in motorcycling traffic and a 7% increase in motorcycle fatalities (AGM, 2004). In Australia, the number of registered motorcycles also increased by 24%, but the motorcycle fatalities actually decreased by 6% (ATSB, 2002." From "The Human Element: The 2006 International Motorcycle Safety Conference". Source: And another thing, WITN has used the same picture of that hacked-up Volusia for every motorcycle story they do! Doesn’t anybody over there ride? Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great looking bike, but I mean, can we get something new?
  • by Will Location: USA on Jan 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    I don't think a helmet is going to stop the death rates. What do you expect when you ride on a vehicle with no protection from the elements but a helmet? The helmet is useless altogehter when you run in the woods or meet another vehicle head on.

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