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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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