Changes in Motorcycle Helmet Law?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The current law states that you must wear a helmet at all times while on a motorcycle; however, the "Motorcyclist Liberty Restoration Act" could change things.

The bill goes before the House and Senate committees starting Tuesday. According to the bill; motorcyclist 21 and older would be allowed to ride without a helmet.

Helmet laws vary by state and Tennessee is one of 19 states that require a helmet for all motorcyclist. Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire are the only states without helmet laws while the 28 remaining states have helmet laws for only younger riders.

The House Transportation Committee will hear testimony on the bill Tuesday while the House Transportation subcommittee will take on the issue Wednesday.

The primary House sponsor is Rep. Kelly Keisling, R-Byrdstown and Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville backs the Senate version.

Coming up tonight on Local 8 News, Whitney Kent will show you what people think about this bill.


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