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State Lawmaker Wants More Young Motorcyclists To Wear Helmets

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Channel

A state lawmaker wants more young motorcyclists to wear helmets. A state senator is working on removing the exemption for riders under 21.

Sen. Keith Perry’s (R-Gainesville)  bill would change the helmet exemption from 16 to 21. Under the change, drivers over 21 must have an insurance policy for at least $10,000  to ride without a helmet. Each motorcycle registered to someone under 21 will have a specific license plate.

If the law passes, motorcyclists under 21 who are not wearing a helmet will be charged with noncriminal traffic infraction. 

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Taylor Knight