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Bill Would Require Delaware Motorcyclists to Wear Helmets

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Delaware lawmakers will again consider whether a person must wear a helmet if they are riding a motorcycle.

A bill that was scheduled to be pre-filed on Thursday would mark the second attempt to make the change in as many sessions of the General Assembly. State Rep. Sean Lynn (D-Dover) said there were no changes in this bill from its predecessor, which failed to get out of committee.

Delaware law stipulates that anyone who is older than 19 years old must have a helmet in their possession, but does not require them to wear it.

Supporters like Tammy Kalp, whose husband suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle crash in 2012, say they believe the proposed law is a responsible step.

"When you choose not to wear a helmet, you make an irresponsible and selfish choice because the burden isn't on you any more. It's on family and anyone else left to pick up the pieces," she said.

However, some motorcyclists have argued it should be the choice of the rider to wear one or not.

Ed Berner with the motorcyclist rights group Abate of Delaware said helmets do not necessarily keep people from serious injury or death, since many crashes happen at high speeds. He said because the law affects people who are adults, the decision to wear one should be up to them.

"If you have a helmet and you want to wear it, by all means," he said. "If you don't, that's up to you. It's your decision."

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