In Brief: Oregon Helmet Law Modifications?

February 15, 2011

The state of Oregon currently requires all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, regardless of age or type of bike.

Twenty members of the Oregon legislature want to change that. Specifically, they believe only bikers under the age of 21 should be required to wear helmets.

State Representative Andy Olson (R) sponsored a bill to relax motorcycle helmet law in just that way, House Bill 2141, because he feels that without helmets riders will be able to better see and hear what is around them on the road.

The measure is headed to the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee.