Michigan motorcycle helmet law

Rick Pluta, The Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) There are now two desks on the floor of the state House draped with black ribbon and bedecked with flowers. Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol Tuesday to the news that state Representative Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle) was killed Monday evening in a motorcycle crash. 

(MPRN-Undated) The sponsor of the law to repeal Michigan’s mandatory helmet law was killed Monday night in a motorcycle crash. It’s not known if state Representative Peter Pettalia was wearing a helmet when he died. 

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It’s been four years since Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation repealing the law requiring motorcycle riders in Michigan to wear a helmet. Bridge has examined the impact of the law. 

"Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to rumble into Lansing on Wednesday to deliver a blunt message: Don't mess with Michigan's helmet law. "Our perspective is that this is a freedom issue and an individual rights issue," said Jim Rhoades of ABATE of Michigan, the nonprofit cycling rights group that pushed for the 2012 repeal of Michigan's law requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet." (Bridge Magazine)

Lawmakers have resisted efforts to reinstate requirement that motorcycle riders wear a helmet