AAA Tennessee voices opposition to changing helmet law

AAA Tennessee voices opposition to changing motorcycle helmet law

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A proposed bill to change Tennessee's motorcycle helmet law is drawing some ire from AAA.

The measure would allow motorcyclists ages 25 and up to ride without a helmet.

Tennessee's current law requires all bikers to wear a helmet, regardless of age or experience.

While proponents of the bill say wearing a helmet should be a personal choice, AAA Tennessee has come out against amending the current law, saying the costs are too high.

"In other states who have repealed their laws we see that the use of helmets goes down and the cost of caring for those individuals once they have a crash skyrockets. But it's not just the financial cost, it's the personal toll, it's the loss of life," AAA Tennessee Spokesperson Stephanie Milani said.

Appeals to change the current law have been brought up with little success in the past.

House and Senate Committees are scheduled to take up the measure next week.

 

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