Passed 24 to 14 in the Senate on June 28, 2011, to repeal the mandatory helmet requirement for a motorcycle operator who is age 21 or older, has been riding for at least two years or passes a safety test, and has a personal injury insurance policy providing at least $100,000 in benefits. A sunset provision would cause the ban on helmetless riding to resume in five years.
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The vote was 24 in favor, 14 against, and 0 not voting.
(Senate Roll Call 360)
Allow helmetless motorcycle operation
|Anderson (D)||Gleason (D)||Hopgood (D)||Hunter (D)||Johnson (D)|
|Smith (D)||Young (D)|
|Brandenburg (R)||Casperson (R)||Caswell (R)||Colbeck (R)||Emmons (R)|
|Green (R)||Hildenbrand (R)||Hune (R)||Jansen (R)||Jones (R)|
|Kowall (R)||Meekhof (R)||Pavlov (R)||Richardville (R)||Robertson (R)|
|Rocca (R)||Walker (R)|
|Bieda (D)||Gregory (D)||Hood (D)||Warren (D)||Whitmer (D)|
|Booher (R)||Hansen (R)||Kahn (R)||Marleau (R)||Moolenaar (R)|
|Nofs (R)||Pappageorge (R)||Proos (R)||Schuitmaker (R)|
SENATE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|Y Anderson (D)||n Bieda (D)||n Booher (R)||Y Brandenburg (R)||Y Casperson (R)|
|Y Caswell (R)||Y Colbeck (R)||Y Emmons (R)||Y Gleason (D)||Y Green (R)|
|n Gregory (D)||n Hansen (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)||n Hood (D)||Y Hopgood (D)|
|Y Hune (R)||Y Hunter (D)||Y Jansen (R)||Y Johnson (D)||Y Jones (R)|
|n Kahn (R)||Y Kowall (R)||n Marleau (R)||Y Meekhof (R)||n Moolenaar (R)|
|n Nofs (R)||n Pappageorge (R)||Y Pavlov (R)||n Proos (R)||Y Richardville (R)|
|Y Robertson (R)||Y Rocca (R)||n Schuitmaker (R)||Y Smith (D)||Y Walker (R)|
|n Warren (D)||n Whitmer (D)||Y Young (D)|
Senate Roll Call 360 on 2011 Senate Bill 291
The numbers are virtually the same over the last 3 years. There hasn't been any dramatic increase as a result of the law change. That's the point. I have no reason to believe that the death toll would have been dramatically lower if the law DIDN'T change going by the previous years numbers. But there is no satisfying you. That's fine, you are entitled to your opinion. The best part of the law change that rarely is mentioned is that if you want to wear a helmet, you still have the right to CHOOSE to do so. The question that should be asked is how many lives could have been saved if the driver of the car was paying attention!
How many of those 40 deaths could have been prevented if helmets were worn? Did you really expect the insurance rates to increase so soon?
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I've been busy working and enjoying the last 6 MONTHS OF FREEDOM!! I believe that was from a Det News article. According to the OHSP the stats are in for 2010, 11 & 12 from 1-1 thru 8-31. In 2010 there were 97 fatalities during that time frame. In 2011, there were 89 fatalities. This year there were 91. 47 were wearing helmets, 40 were not and 4 are listed as unknown. What is not listed is that motorcycle registrations have increased this year as they have in EVERY state that has loosened their helmet requirements. Also, insurance rates have NOT increased as a result of passage of this law. Everything ABATE has been saying for years, decades in fact, has come true. There has not been a dramatic increase of dead bikers on our roads. Turns out that actually was just fear mongoring, scare-tactic rhetoric.