SALT LAKE CITY – A new bill is speeding through the Senate, and it may affect the way people ride their motorcycles.
Utah Senator Brian Shiozawa was an emergency room doctor and said he saw too many young people with head injuries from motor cycle accidents. His proposed bill will make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to ride a motorcycle on a highway without a helmet. The current legal age is 18.
Shiozawa said he and other Utah doctors have seen more deaths from motorcycle crashes in this age group than any other.
Critics of the bill said they don’t think it will make any difference, and that it will restrict the freedom of young people. However, Senator Shiozawa said though he understands the issue of individual liberty, he believes the law’s potential to save lives is more important. He and other advocates for the bill hope it will help motorcycle riders create a habit of wearing their helmets as they get older.
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