As a registered voter from your district, I am writing to urge you to support the "Freedom of Choice" bill, SB1466. This piece of legislation, a helmet law modification bill, “Exempts from helmet requirements motorcycle drivers who are 21 years old or older".
In the past few years several states including Kentucky, Arkansas, Texas and Florida, have passed similar modification bills. Both motorcycle registrations and motorcycle tourism have increased in these states. Additionally, I’d like to point out the results of two studies. First, motorcyclists are no more dependent upon public sources for medical costs than any other motor vehicle operators. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report to Congress, the CODES study, 1995) Second, helmet use is not associated with overall injury severity, discharge status, or insurance status. (University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, June 1992).
If you need any more information, have any questions, or would like to become a sponsor of either of these bills please call Legislative Director Scott McColpin at (423) 432-2708 or the CMT/ABATE (Concerned Motorcyclist of Tennessee/American Bikers Active Towards Education) office at 615-262-1119. We need your support, sponsorship and affirmation of our valued personal freedoms in this great country.
Thank you for your time and attention.
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