Tennessee Bill to Repeal Motorcycle Helmet Law Fails

March 27, 2014

The latest effort to get rid of Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet requirement has failed in a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-5 against the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville.

Bell’s bill would have allowed motorcyclists at least 25 years old to ride without a helmet if they could prove they had at least $200,000 in medical insurance and $100,000 in liability coverage.

Hospitals providing head trauma care have long been opposed to the perennial bill. Tim Wright, the Tennessee regional president of the AAA auto club, also voiced opposition to the measure, arguing that states without helmet laws saw an increase in their injury rates.

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  • March 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm
    J alexander says:
    This proposition should go to the public for a vote! The deep pockets of insurance companies is dictating law to the lawmakers. Unfair and not reprehensive of the will people.
  • March 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    Tony Fricks says:
    Who in this state put the Govt. in charge of restricting freedoms and liberties? Aren't they supposed to be protecting our rights and not infringing on them? At some point, ... read more
  • March 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    Ken says:
    Good news. No only does the lack of helmets impact motorcycle insurance rates, it impacts auto insurance rates because of the increased settlements when the auto is at fault.... read more
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