Helmet Law Debated in New Hampshire

Not for the first time a bill has been proposed that would require all bikers to wear helmets when riding. New Hampshire legislature has defeated similar bills each time they were filed.

It looks as though this bill does not have a lot of support either. Over 250 people came out to argue against the bill. The new law would require that all bikers wear helmets. Currently only those under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet.

One concerned citizen attending the meeting, John Wilkins of Gilmanton, believes that the bill infringes on his personal freedoms.

"I don't believe it is your job to take care of me, to protect me from myself," said Wilkins.

Though the majority of the public at the meeting were against the bill, Katherine Dawson came out to support it. Her husband was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He was not wearing a helmet and his injuries were extensive.

"He'll never walk again. He'll never speak again. He'll never be himself again."

If the bill is not passed, New Hampshire will face sanctions, losing federal highway dollars.


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