Florida Bikers Want Helmet Law Reinstated
Motorcyclists from around Florida rolled into Tallahassee Monday and went to work lobbying for a variety of issues, including helmet laws.
Florida does not require bikers to wear helmets as long as they are 21 years of age and have insurance coverage of at least $10,000 for injuries sustained on a motorcycle.
ABATE of Florida wants to keep it that way.
The group’s president, “Doc” Reichenbach, says the group gets some flak occasionally for opposing helmet laws. But he says motorcycle deaths dropped about 25 percent in 2009 after ABATE sponsored an aggressive marketing campaign about motorcycle safety.
He says state statistics show that among the motorcyclist deaths that year, 35 percent were not wearing helmets and 65 percent did wear helmets.
Longtime bikers like Tony Acosta know that on the road, one wrong move can lead to disaster.