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Delaware Law Encourages, But Doesn't Force Motorcycle Helmet Use

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DOVER, Del.- Motorcycle riders over the age of 19 in Delaware only have to have a helmet with them to ride legally. The law states the decision to wear the helmet is optional. And with spring weather on its way, motorcyclists will have to make that choice when they're out on the roads.

For Robert Gordy, a helmet is not optional. He said, "A motorcycle when you're going different speeds, anything could happen," he said.

Even though he wears a helmet, he doesn't think others should be forced to wear them.

"I think it depends on the individual, I think it's a personal choice," Gordy said. "I think that people are well aware of the risks that they take when they got on the motorcycle."

The spring season has Delaware State Police on alert.

"With the warm weather, we are going to see more motorcycles out. Today is a nice day, I have seen a few motorcycles that are out there, with that comes the likelihood that crashes are going to be occurring," said State Police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Fournier said helmets can help protect riders.

"Helmets do prevent some head trauma," he said. "In some instances the helmet can cause protection to the head."

The fine for not having a helmet while operating a motorcycle is $25 in Delaware.

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