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Weaker ATV Helmet Law Proposed

Posted May 9, 2007 2:23 p.m. EDT

— While Congress debates tougher helmet requirements for all-terrain vehicle riders, the North Carolina House approved a bill Wednesday that would weaken state regulations for ATV riders.

The bill would allow property owners and guests to skip using helmets and safety goggles while riding ATVs. The bill wouldn't apply to riders age 16 or younger.

The proposed change comes despite estimates from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that ATV crashes cost society about $6.5 billion in medical and legal expenses and lost work every year.