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AAA fights to keep helmet law in Tennessee

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A motorcycle helmet rests on the seat of a motorcycle. AP photo A motorcycle helmet rests on the seat of a motorcycle. AP photo

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - AAA motor club wants to put the brakes on proposed legislation that would allow many motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.

Currently, Tennessee law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. But a bill that will be going to committee on Tuesday would allow anyone who is 21 or over who has health coverage, as long as it's not through TennCare, to be able to legally ride without a helmet.

Anyone over the age of 21 on TennCare, the state's Medicaid program for the poor, would be required to wear the head protection.

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Jay Reedy of Erin and fellow Republican Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield.

AAA says the bill would be almost impossible to enforce and will lead to more deaths and injuries.

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