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UPDATE: Bill to Mandate Motorcycle Helmets Aired in Maine
02/12/2013 02:21 PM ET  

Medical groups today joined groups concerned with traumatic brain injuries in asking the Transportation Committee to pass Rep. Paulette Beaudoin's bill that would require all bikers to wear helmets.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The latest attempt to make helmet use mandatory for all Maine motorcyclists is being reviewed by a legislative committee.

Medical groups joined groups concerned with traumatic brain injuries in asking the Transportation Committee to pass Rep. Paulette Beaudoin's bill Tuesday. The Biddeford Democrat introduced a similar bill in 2009, but it was rejected.

The Maine Medical Association's Jessa Bernard said helmets reduce traumatic injuries in motorcycle accidents by 69 percent and the number of deaths by 37 percent.

But opponents said the proposed mandate is a freedom issue, and that helmets are largely a dress code and can be an impediment to safety.

Maine passed a law requiring the use of helmets in 1967, but it was repealed in 1977. But present law requires people under 18 to wear helmets.


 

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