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Delaware's Mandatory Helmet Bill in Legislative Limbo

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill requiring motorcycle riders in Delaware to wear helmets has failed to clear a House committee.

The bill, opposed by motorcycle activists, remains in limbo after members of the House Public Safety Committee could not agree Wednesday either to send it to the House floor or to table it.

Current state law requires riders over 19 to have helmets with them on their bikes, but they are not required to wear them.

Bill sponsor Rep. Sean Lynn, D-Dover, argued that the legislation was a common-sense measure that can save lives, help prevent traumatic brain injuries and reduce health care costs often borne by taxpayers.

But opponents argued that the decision to wear a helmet should be a personal choice left to the individual.

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