Court to Rule on Myrtle Beach Helmet Law
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Myrtle Beach’s helmet law
The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear cases against Myrtle Beach's helmet law today. At stake is whether a city can enact a law that contradicts state law.
is being challenged today in South Carolina’s Supreme Court. The city enacted a city-wide helmet law last year in an attempt to curtail the motorcycle rallies that come to the Grand Strand yearly during May. Now that law is being challenged by two primary lawsuits, one by attorney Thomas McGrath, who is representing 49 clients, and another by an organization called Business Owners Organized to Save Tourism (BOOST) who has State Rep. Thad Viers in their corner. Viers will be representing his brother Bart, who was targeted by the Myrtle Beach helmet law.
Viers realizes that the lawsuit is much larger than the superficial helmet law. If the law stands, it could open the gate for more municipalities to enact their own local laws. In essence, it empowers the city over the state.
Both sides represented in the case will have 15 minutes to argue their side before the court. When a decision will be announced remains unknown.
In a TheSunNews.com
poll asking whether the S.C. Supreme Court should side with Myrtle Beach or bikers over its controversial helmet law, 73% of the 934 voters polled voted in favor of the bikers.
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