Oregon Legislators Look to Amend Helmet Law

February 15, 2011
Bryan Harley
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With or without? The Oregon legislature is looking at House Bill 3141 which would amend the current helmet law, requiring only riders and passengers under 21 to strap one on.

Oregon legislators are reportedly lobbying for House Bill 3141 that would amend the helmet law for motorcyclists, leaving the decision to wear a helmet up to adult riders. Motorcyclists under 21 would still be required to wear a helmet by law.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany) and Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Salem). According to a report published in the Albany Democrat-Herald, 20 state representatives have signed on in support of HB 3141. Both Republican and Democratic representatives are supporting the bill.

The current law in Oregon requires helmets to be worn by all riders and passengers, regardless of age. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, currently 20 states and Washington D.C. require all riders to wear helmets. Three states – Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire have no laws in the books. Requirements in other states leave it up to the individual after they reach the ages of 17 or 20.

The Albany Democrat-Herald states that Olson anticipates the measure will go before the House transportation panel within the next couple of weeks.

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