Senate rejects proposal to water down helmet law

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Louisiana motorcyclists still must wear helmets, and there will be no exceptions.

The Senate Transportation Committee killed a proposal by Republican Sen. Mike Walsworth that would have allowed people 21 and older to ride without a helmet if they complete a safety training course and hold a certain amount of liability insurance.

Walsworth, of West Monroe, says he wanted to provide a way to let people get out of the current mandate to wear a helmet. Laws with similar exceptions have been enacted in Texas and Arkansas.

But critics say safety data shows wearing helmets saves lives.

With little discussion, the committee voted 3-2 against the bill on Thursday.

Legislators enacted Louisiana's mandatory helmet law in 2004.

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