• Senate Passes Motorcycle Helmet Changes

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The Senate has approved a bill that would require motorcyclists to wear safety helmets that meet federal standards.


State law currently requires riders to wear a helmet type approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner. Halifax Sen. Ed Jones said current law means some riders have little protection but Surry Sen. Don East warned his colleagues that motorcycle riders would not like the change.

The requirement that helmets meet federal standards was approved on a 27-22 vote Tuesday.

East said the upgrade could cost riders hundreds of dollars. A similar amendment was rejected by a Senate committee last week.

The bill now goes back to the House, which must decide whether to along with the Senate changes.

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