Use Your Head – Arizona State Legislature Reviews Motorcycle Helmet Proposal
Earlier this year the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety named Arizona one of the most dangerous states in the nation for motor vehicle operators. Their report put Arizona in the “red,” with less than 7 of the 15 required laws necessary to be considered “safe.” The reasons for this are many – from seat belt requirements to lax texting while driving regulations. But one of the law that stands out the most and is usually the most hotly contested, is the lack of any required motorcycle helmet law. Currently Arizona only requires riders 18 and younger to wear a helmet.
But this could all change under a new bill designed to require motorcycle helmets for all adults. The proposal – found under House Bill 2052 – would require adult motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. But riders can, however, “opt out” of this helmet law by paying a fee when the cycle is registered. The proposed law, sponsored by Rep. Randall Friese of Tucson, is an attempt to appease both sides of the helmet debate. As an experienced trauma surgeon, Friese has seen his fair share of head injury patients and believes the bill is the only way to prevent further motorcycle injuries.
“I believe firmly that if we can persuade, or if we can increase the amount of riders wearing helmets, we would recognize, realize some decrease in healthcare costs,” Rep. Friese stated. The proposal is currently being reviewed by the state legislature and will vote on it this year. Many critics believe it is an overreach by state government and is destined to fail. But until more is done to ensure the safety of riders and their passengers our state will continue to see red.
For more information about Arizona motorcycle helmet laws, contact a knowledgeable attorney. Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can help answer all your questions. We can be reached at (602) 267-1280.