Motorcycle riders could head out on the highway, looking for adventure, without wearing helmets if the governor signs a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday afternoon.
Senators voted 24-14 to let bikers older than 21 ride bare-headed if they've been licensed at least two years or complete a safety course, The Detroit News reports. They'd also need at least $20,000 of medical insurance coverage, a requirement lowered from $100,000 to match a bill the House passed last November by 69-39.
Michigan is among 20 states requiring helmets for all . Seven others exempt riders over 21, while 19 let those older than 18 choose whether to strap on a helmet. Four have no helmet law.
Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight.
Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving aerodynamics.
Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, says he'll consider signing the eased helmet requirement as part of a no-fault auto insurance law overhaul. His Democratic predecessor, Jennifer Granholm, twice vetoed repeals to the four-decade-old helmet mandate.