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PIA of Michigan Director Interviewed for Detroit News Biker Story

PIA of Michigan Director Jeremy MacDonald commented on the insurance aspects of Michigan’s new law that allows motorcyclists to ride their bikes without wearing helmets
April 17, 2012

PIA of Michigan Director Jeremy MacDonald commented on the insurance aspects of Michigan’s new law that allows motorcyclists to ride their bikes without wearing helmets. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill into law repealing the helmet requirement that had been in place for nearly half a century.

MacDonald said he’s glad the new law will require motorcyclists to carry medical coverage. But he said he had hoped lawmakers would have made the helmet repeal part of no-fault insurance reform, as Snyder had requested. Adding $20,000 in medical coverage will cost the average rider $200 or more annually, MacDonald said. Some companies might not have a $20,000 option available yet, so motorcyclists might have to shop around.

“Motorcycle riders will now have to purchase medical, which is good,” MacDonald said. But “how is an officer supposed to know if somebody’s purchased the medical coverage?”

AAA of Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain said the automobile club was “extremely disappointed” in the repeal, saying the law “will increase motorcycle fatalities and injuries.” The Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan issued a statement saying it was “saddened” to hear Snyder signed the repeal. State Sen. Vincent Gregory voted no on the bill when it came up in the Legislature. "It's been touted that it may bring in some business, but the costs are overwhelming," Gregory said.

“If there are accidents they will be catastrophic, and we will end up paying for this,” Gregory said. “If you go to the emergency room, that $20,000 will mean nothing.”

Read the entire article on Michigan bikers not wearing helmets: Motorcycle Riders Can Take Off Helmets in Michigan (Detroit News 4/14/12)

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