Senator Pushing Motorcycle Helmet Law

Senator Julian Carroll, when he was governor decades ago, signed the first helmet law, but in recent years, lawmakers repealed that law. Now he says, because of the rising cost of health care, helmets need to be mandated again.

“Is that once they (riders) get injured, and their chance of survival isn't that great without helmets, but if they survive, the state ends up picking up the bill,” says Sen. Carroll, D-Frankfort.

And, Carroll says many times the taxpayers end up ultimately paying more. But he says passing a helmet law isn't very likely this session, because many lawmakers oppose the bill.

Carroll says some say helmets restrict the ability of riders to turn their heads and see traffic. Others tell him they don't agree with his assessment of higher health costs because crash victims can't pay for their own life long care.

“What I'm talking about is those individuals who end up getting a head injury and it's so significant that they require hospitalization or care the rest of their lives,” says Carroll.


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  • by Robert Location: LA on Feb 11, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    I THINK IT SHOULD BE LEFT UP TO THE PERSON ON THE BIKE. MORE OF YOUR RIGHTS BEING STRIPPED. WHAT IS NEXT BIKES NEEDS TO HAVE SEATBELTS, OR ROLLCAGES. THEY SHOULD DO MORE ABOUT THE CELL USERS WHICH CAUSE MORE ACCIDENT THAN THE BIKERS.
  • by Ang Location: Springfield on May 29, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    I believe helmet should already be a law for children under 18 no matter what! Over 18 I believe it should be a choice!
  • by mike Location: tenn on Apr 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM
    over 21 we need more freedom state laws are meaningless since 1865;millitary induction 21 seat belt law after 21 choose;cycle helment over 21 choose;
  • by michael Location: tennessee on Apr 10, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    over 21 i don't need you to tell me what i should do and not do. school busses do not have seat belts.if anyone should have them children should on their way to school ; this was not a hard decission for me to make ;seat belts are no good with rag top autos by the way;i do not have a seatbelt on my harley child protection yes adult forced protection no;.
  • by Emergency Nurse Location: Kentucky on Mar 24, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    Many non helmeted ATV/Motorcycle riders do not see the things that we see that come into the emergency room. Many people die because they did not wear there helmet or they become a vegetable for the rest of there lives. I know that you all believe that this is your choice, however, we are required to wear seat belts and seat belts have saved many lives. I just believe if motorcycle/atv riders could see what health care providers see when the patient comes through the door that was thrown 50 feet off of there motorcyle because they ran into a rock, car, etc. then maybe you would have a different point of view.
  • by bob Location: harrisburg IL on Mar 23, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    i wear my helmet every time im on it . if someone decides not to were theres thats there right but i will always were mine. firefighter/paramedic for 20 yrs.
  • by Larry Location: London KY on Feb 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    I agree with Steve in Lexington. require them to be organ donors I personally ride with our GWRRA group and it is required a helment. Also as being a lucky one to recieve a donated organ after waiting for 9 months for my new liver. maybe it would have been shorter if a motorcycle victim that was brain dead from a head injury was required to donate thiers. What do you other GWRRA guys think?
  • by larry Location: terre haute in on Feb 1, 2008 at 04:00 PM
    Hello please those ride decide wether to wear A helmet I live in a state where we don't have to unless we wnat to I do believe that it should be OUR choice and I do live in America where at ONE time we had some freedoms left , we are slowly losing them , Feds are blackmailing states in manatorly seat belts laws by witholding fed road tax money, when I was in school our history teacher taught us THIS was started because of high TAXES in England , Now we have many more taxes and LAWS losing OUR freedoms slowly PLEASE all riders UNIT and JUST say NO to these new LAWS if you want to wear a Helmet that is fine I do when travling long distances when crossing into helemts states but I chose too thanks
  • by Rob Location: Florida on Jan 30, 2008 at 03:29 AM
    Against Abortion? Then don't have one! Against Helmets? Don't wear one! Against seatbelts? Don't wear one! WTF is the United States coming to? Land of the Free? What's that these days? I don't see anything "FREE" anymore, and each day it becomes less and less. The land of the Free is to live your life as you see fit. It does not mean force your lifestyle on those who don't agree. For all those who agree to allow the rider to decide as to wear a helmet or not, GOOD for you!!!! For those who disagree, then wear a helmet when you ride. Oh wait, I bet MOST of you don't even ride. Okay, scratch that. How about minding your own business, or better yet worry about how you live your life while others do the same. I choose to not wear a helmet while on my Harley Fat Boy, but I do wear one when out on the sport bike. We ride all over Florida, but elect to not go North in Georgia where the helmet is required. Our Government should correct America!
  • by Dawolf Location: AZ on Jan 28, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    The data is flawed. Using increased deaths to mandate helmets laws is using flawed logic. If there has been an increase in motorcyclists, then you your odds having more crashes also goes up. In addition a D.O.T. helmet which is not tested by the Chicoms (try to find one made in the U.S) is not prevent a car from killing a biker. He or she looking out for biker instead of talking on their cell phone will.

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