It's now the law... NO HELMETS for Florida bikers.
The next time you come to Florida for Bike Week or Biketoberfest you won't have to wear a helmet!!!
On Friday, June 16, 2000, Governor Jeb Bush signed the House Bill 1911 that repeals Florida's helmet law for riders 21 and older
who have a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance, and will become a law effective July 1, 2000.
"I believe government oversteps its legitimate role when it excessively interferes with personal freedom," Bush said in a statement. "That interference includes regulating an adult's decision about his or her well-being if such decisions do not endanger the life or safety of others.
"Reasonable adults should be trusted to make reasonable decisions," the governor said. "For example, we have no laws requiring an individual to exercise, to eat a healthy diet, to get regular check-ups or to avoid excess exposure to sun - even though failure to comply with these habits reflects known health risks and potential public health costs."
Florida's bikers have fought for years to get the state to join other states that repealed helmet laws after the federal government ended sanctions against the states without helmet laws. Florida becomes the 27th state that does not require helmets for adult bikers.
James "Doc" Riechenbach III, President and Lobbyist for ABATE of Florida, received a personal phone call from Governor Jeb Bush on Friday, June 16, to tell him that he'd signed their helmet law repeal bill! Doc, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), said, "It's been a long time coming, 31 years, and we'd just like to thank our ABATE members, NCOM and every state that helped us win our freedom!"
"The Bush brothers have now set two states free," exclaimed Doc, referring to Jeb Bush's brother and Presidential hopeful, George W. Bush Jr., who as Texas Governor signed a similar bill in 1997 to allow freedom of choice for responsible adult Texas motorcyclists.
"I live with fear everyday...sometimes SHE lets me race!"