Insurance, medical groups: Reinstate helmet law

Members of Michigan's insurance and medical industries as well as some rider groups are calling on lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder to reinstate the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law.
AP Wire
Apr 11, 2013



The group met at the state Capitol on Wednesday. They said modifying the law to allow people over the age of 21 to ride helmetless is costing the state lives.

A recent study by a University of Michigan researcher says 26 fewer people would have died last year if all riders wore helmets.

Heather Drake of AAA Michigan said, "The data is clear. The experiment is over in Michigan. Helmets save lives."

Michigan's American Bikers Aiming Toward Education says helmets should be a rider's choice. They say tougher licensing, motorcycle safety programs and driver awareness is more effective at saving lives than helmets.


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Just how many of those injuries were because more miles are being logged on a motorcycle as the price of gas becomes more obscene?


I am all for letting those who ride decide on whether or not they wear helmets, but they should pay a higher premium than those who wear their helmet, as non helmet wearers are higher risk for head injuries.


they do...but i am sure some don't pay the extra insurance and still don't wear a helmet. But thats irrelevent, its their own risk.


That's correct truth. The day it passed I saw many riding without. No way they paid the extra premium that quick! In my mind its insane to ride without but I agree let those that ride decide. I decide to protect my melon its not as hard as many on here think!


Maybe if they just pass a law saying if you're under 18 you must wear a helmet while tanning.;)


LOL, that's funny GHJames


IMHO... to each his/her own. I always wear a helmet, but that is my choice. I say don't let the insurance industry decide personal the choices of an individual. It is soley about profits and losses as far as they are concerned. The "non helmet" rider is already required to pay a premium. The insurance industry in this state is (and has been) out of control and for too long. Rather than they lobby for more influence and control, the citizens of Michigan should long since be lobbying for restraint of this ever growing monster.


If our gov sides with the insurance industry lobbyist's and their "well paid for" data experts to reinstate the helmet law, he will likely recite our seat belt law and how it has saved lives as an example for his decision. That's the excuse... but not the reason. Watch those contributions. LOL


Their is no chanch trickey Rickey will change the helmet law back. The reason he changed it in the first place is all the States around us have no helmet law and it was hindering toursim,it was about money.I have been riding for 45 years with no acidents some times I were my helment and some times not but the truth is if you get hit or hit a car wereing a helmet just means they can bury you with a better looking head.


Darwin was right... if you're dumb enough not to protect your head when riding I guess that is your choice. But, I don't want my insurance rates paying for your mortality costs, simple solution... if not wearing you can only get insured for the damage you do to others, no coverage for your life and property you just loose.

A rider for 30+ years.


You won't like this, but the real truth is that the auto driver will always pay for the healthcare and losses of the motorcycle rider...even if it is their fault. The only reason motorcycle riders have insurance is if the ride their bike into a ditch, tree, etc and there is no other party involved. So, if a motorcycle runs into your car at a stop light...your insurance will pay, not theirs. If you don't believe me...check. I was shocked when I signed up for motorcycle insurance the first time.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Rhoades (734) 578-6144
April 12, 2013 Vince Consiglio (248) 672-0957

ABATE releases multi-year motorcycle fatality analysis,
calls for increased education, enforcement and penalties

With one of the longest and hottest riding seasons on record, higher gas prices and a slight increase in motorcycles registrations, 2012 saw a small increase in motorcycle fatalities with over half of those being fatalities being riders not endorsed to operate a motorcycle. The year also saw an increase in motorcycle tourism since the enactment of the rider choice law on April 12, 2013 allowing adults to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet.
Recently, reports from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) analyzing the fatality and fatality rate increases since the helmet choice law went into effect have been presented in an erroneous and biased manner.
“Our primary concern about the accuracy of the data from OHSP is that two single points of data are being compared, when a multi-year comparison will give the clearest and most accurate depiction of motorcycle fatalities,” said Vince Piacenti, Statistician, for ABATE Michigan. “The average fatality rate on motorcycles from 2005 – 2011 is 119.7 with a standard deviation (sigma) of 8.4. Standard practice is to add +/- 3 sigma to be statistically significant. This means that the normal year-to-year fatality rate can vary from 95 to 145. Anything within this range is normal variation; the fatalities would have to be above 145 or below 95 to make a statement with statistical confidence. Fatalities in 2012 were 129, which fall within the normal range of variation and proves conclusively that the helmet-law amendment has had no adverse effect on motorcycle safety.”
What should concern the Michigan State Police, OSHP and the public is the fact that more than half of the fatalities involved riders NOT endorsed to drive a motorcycle.
“Losing a member of our motorcycle family is devastating. To know that a death could be prevented from motorcycle education and increased enforcement from State Police is unimaginable. Our mission at American Bikers Aiming Toward Education, or ABATE Michigan, as we approach Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in May is motorcycle safety. ABATE encourages the Michigan State Police to be proactive this coming riding season by focusing on car driver/motorcyclists awareness and motorcycle education,“ added Vince Consiglio, President, ABATE of Michigan. “But we also want to make sure those that ride without an endorsement face stiffer fines and we also support limiting Temporary Instructional Permits (TIP) to two per adult. If you need more than two TIPs, you shouldn’t be riding.”

Because more than half of Michigan motorcycle fatalities are unlicensed—or unendorsed— motorcyclists, ABATE’s goal in teaching motorcycle rider education classes and going into the drivers’ education classrooms is to ensure that everyone arrives home safely.
“A motorcyclists has a responsibility to know how to handle his or her bike,” Consiglio added. “However, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. The majority of Michigan 2012 fatalities were wearing helmets.”
A motorcycle endorsement on a driver's license is required by law to ride on public roads and can be obtained by attending and passing a motorcycle rider education class, which are available statewide for a fee. A list of Secretary of State approved Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program instructors, along with their locations and contact information can be found the Secretary of State’s website. ABATE Michigan supports public and private rider education. A current list of ABATE Michigan motorcycle rider education classes locations and times can be found on ABATE Michigan’s website.
On April 12, 2012 the requirement for motorcycle helmets was amended to allow adult choice for motorcyclists 21 and older, providing they completed an accredited motorcycle-safety course or had a minimum of 2 years riding experience.
“Our members have reported an increase in motorcycle tourism since the enactment of the rider choice law,” said Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which represents more than 1,800 restaurant, bar, party store, hotel, and casino establishments across the state. “From Monroe to Muskegon to the Keweenaw Peninsula, more out-of-state motorcyclists are stopping, staying and spending money at our restaurants, hotels and attractions.”
At least 20 different state license plates were counted on motorcycles at last year’s sixth annual Muskegon Bike Time. With the increase in participants, planners are already concerned how many bikes and vendors can fit in the downtown area for this year’s event.
ABATE is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the overall rights and promoting the safe operating practices of all Michigan motorcyclists.
ABATE Michigan has partnered with public schools and private driving instructors to teach more than 75,000 new drivers about motorcycle awareness, using resources donated by ABATE members.


Excellent post and very informative Thorsblood. Thanks.


26 more deaths in a 1 year period on motorcycles because of helmetless riders and people scream that this law needs to be repealed.

YET! over 1 million babies were aborted last year and not a gottdem word from these same idiots. Why don't we use handguns to perform abortions and maybe the liberals would start screaming. Listen STupiDS: Freedom can (=) death and Freedom can (=) happiness and both are worth it because it is an individual's choice. There are more things that gnaw at a person other than death.


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