April 3, 2020

Change In Helmet Law Proposed In Connecticut

HARTFORD – A bill introduced Wednesday by the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee would, if passed, make it mandatory for motorcycle operators and their passengers under the age of 21 to wear a helmet in Connecticut.

Current law requires helmet use by anyone on a motorcycle under the age of 18.

Hearing Now Set For Friday

A hearing by the Transportation Committee on S.B. No. 148 is now set for 11 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 28) in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building. It was originally on the agenda for a public hearing on Wednesday (Feb. 26) but was moved.

Also on the hearing agenda is discussion of Committee Bill No. 5139 which would increase the maximum fine for operating a snowmobile or ATV at an unreasonable rate of speed of negligent manner to $1,000 from $250.

The minor change in the existing helmet law isn’t expected to be as controversial as last year’s attempt to impose a universal helmet law, which had opponents and advocates packing the hearing room.

CMRA Didn’t Oppose Identical Bill Last Year

Speaking against that proposal was the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association while backing it was a new group called Heads First – CT, a group made up of health care professionals, law enforcement, safety experts and riders.

Last year’s bill got nowhere, but another bill that would have required all riders under 21 to wear a helmet did made it out of committee and, notably, was not opposed by the CMRA.

If passed into law, the change in the helmet provision would go into effect on Oct. 1.

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Since 2010, RIDE-CT & RIDE-NewEngland has been reporting about motorcycling in New England and portions of New York.

One comment

  1. Being a Veteran, I am opposed to this. I joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years of age, and was in charge of multi – million dollar equipment before I was 21 years old, and yet should not be trusted to be able to make a decision on my own safety? And how about those who served or are serving currently in war zones that had to make split – second decisions that impacted other human lives? They are expected to do this, yet cannot make an adult’s decision in regards to their won safety? This both wreaks and stinks of more government intervention in our lives. It is a ” slap in the face ” to those young adults out there that are responsible. Period.

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