Bill to Revoke State's Optional Helmet Law Fails in Senate Committee

FEBRUARY 13, 2007 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Helmetless motorcyclists need not fear arrest in Arkansas anytime soon. A bill to require motorcyclists to use helmets failed to get an endorsement yesterday from the Transportation Committee of the state Senate.

The bill by Senator Kim Hendren of Gravette ran into the same opposition that similar bills have faced since the state repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 1997. Those supporting a requirement for helmets say it would cut down on hospital costs from injured cyclists, which can become the state's burden.

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