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House kills helmet amendment

The Dominion Post


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed a number of Senate bills April 1, and crushed an amendment on another that would have allowed motorcyclists to go helmetless.

SB 173, to allow autocycle riders to hit the road without obtaining a motorcycle endorsement or wearing a helmet, was on second reading and up for amendment.

Autocycles are three-wheel motorcycles with two wheels in the front. They are totally enclosed, with a safety rollbar, two bucket seats (one in front of the other) and a steering wheel.

Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, offered an amendment to allow motorcyclists 21 and up to ride without helmets.

Opponents pointed out the safety and medical-cost problems associated with the proposal and noted that SB 549, to allow the same thing, crashed in the Senate.

The amendment failed 29-67. This bill will be on third reading, for passage, on Monday.

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