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Helmets may become optional for motorcycle riders

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

There's no doubt it could save your life, but should wearing a motorcycle helmet be a matter of choice?

A new bill making its way through the NC House would allow most bikers to ride without one.

A lot of riders say they want to be able to make that choice themselves, but others argue no helmets will only lead to more serious injuries.

If the proposed bill becomes law, it will be up to riders to decide.

If you're at least 21 years old, have proper insurance that covers up to $10,000 in medical costs, have completed a safety course, and have had your license for at least a year, then you would be able to ride without a helmet.

Tom Crosby from AAA Carolinas says the current law should stay put.

"North Carolina is number one in the country for having an effective helmet law," he said, "why would you want to change it? It boggles the mind."

North Carolina is one of 19 states that require all riders to wear a helmet.

Under the new law, if you meet the same requirements listed above, the law would also allow you to ride as a passenger without a helmet.

A violation would cost you a $25.50 fine

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