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Bill allowing helmet-less motorcycle riding fails to pass House, still up for debate

Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Motorcycle riders will have to hold on to their helmets as a bill that would have made it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to ride a motorcycle without head protection failed to make it out of the Louisiana House floor.  

However, it will be up for debate again next week. 

A group of riders known as ABATE, American Bikers Active Towards Education, supports the bill. They said other states that have adopted a similar law have seen positive results. 

"Texas has not seen an increase in fatalities because of their lack of not having a helmet," said ABATE state president Randy Postlewait. "Arkansas’
tourism bureau has it down to every motorcycle that gets on their road per day spends a $100 that day." 

House members against the bill compared it to the Louisiana seat belt law. They said both restrictions should be safety requirements for motorists. 

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