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Bill filed in NC House looks to relax motorcycle helmet laws

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RALEIGH—North Carolina's scenic mountains and beautiful coast attracts motorcyclists from all over the country.

With more riders, accidents are also increasing. However, research shows the number of motorcycle deaths has virtually remained the same; with safety experts attributing the state's strict helmet laws.

A bill recently filed in the State House is looking to lesson those restrictions. But a survey from the UNC and Governor's Highway Safety Research Groups found the majority of North Carolinians are in favor of the strict laws.

"It's a great thing that we require helmet use in our state because we're saving literally dozens of lives every year,” said Rob Foss with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.

Those who specialize in brain injuries know the importance of a helmet and are wary a bill to relax helmet requirements that would leave more people seriously injured.

"They're very likely to need long term supports and care and it's just devastating to families. It's devastating emotionally and its also just devastating financially," said Sandra Farmer with the Brain Injury Association of NC.

The CDC ranks North Carolina No. 1 in the nation for lives saved and No. 2 for money saved, thanks to strict helmet laws.

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