Helmet law defeated in Illinois Senate

by Jeff on April 2, 2009

By Jeff Cobb
Motorcycle Safety News

A move to require motorcyclists to wear helmets in Illinois failed a Senate vote on April 1.

The bill, SB1351, was defeated 14-42.

Chicago Democratic Sen. Donne (DAH’-nee) Trotter had proposed the legislation for the state which – along with Iowa and New Hampshire - is one of only three states with no motorcycle helmet law.

Trotter, himself a rider for over four decades, argued for his proposal on the basis of statistics he said showed helmets reduced numbers of deaths and head injuries in accidents.

Although the state adopted a seatbelt law in 1985, helmet laws have repeatedly failed in Illinois.

Opposition by organized bikers’ rights lobbyists was credited with helping to turn support away from the proposed bill.

The bill can be viewed at: www.ilga.gov.

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