Michigan Senate attempts repeal of motorcycle helmet laws

LANSING - Michigan lawmakers are making another attempt at repealing a state law that requires motorcyclists to wear helmets. The state Senate gave final legislative approval to a repal of the ban on Wednesday by a 24-14 vote.

The next measure goes to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, and it's not clear whether he will sign it.

"Riding is like two wheel therapy. It's an emotional journey," said motorcyclist Jason Birmingham.

Birmingham says he wears a helmet when he rides because he feels safer.

His co-worker at the the Vehicle City Harley Davidson store in Flint, Scott Reeser wears a helmet because it's the law but would prefer to ride without one.

"As soon as i get out of the state of michigan I take my helmet off." sais Reeser.

Soon Scott may not have to leave the state if the bill is signed into law. The bill lawmakers approved would allow anyone 21 or older to go without helmets if they meet certain insurance and experience conditions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to have a fatal head injury. It's one of the main reasons Birmingham will keep wearing a helmet even if the bill is signed into law.

"I'm for wearing helmets. I've seen them in cases where they are proven o show they work. "I've gotten close to where if I had gone down my head would have have probably hit the concrete. It'a scary situation." said Birmingham.

However Reeser says he'll be kicking his helmet to the curb.

"I you're a safe driver and you're good at what you do. You'll be fine."

The law still needs to be approved by Governor Rick Syder.

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed two similar bills that tried to repeal the helmet law.