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The bottom line is the cost to treat injured motorcyclists with head injuries as the primary diagnosis is staggering. While many feel as though their rights are being taken away the reality is most motorcyclist do not carry enough personal protection insurance to cover them in the event they go down. Are they trying to change it for personal regard for the rider? Many organizations have pushed to change the law for various reasons.

The most important thing they do is rally together and force lawmakers to listen. Organizations like ABATE ("A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments") and the AMA ("American Motorcyclist Association") fight hard for the rights of the motorcyclist. Taking away the right to make this personal choices is not the answer. The law states "You do not have to wear a helmet in Florida if you are at least 21 years old and have a minimum $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle".

While not completely repealed it was modified with an amendment that stipulates certain requirements for bikers that want to ride helmet-less in Florida. July 1, 2000 Florida's helmet law was changed. Attracting hundreds of thousands of motorcyclist yearly, many of these riders are not your hardcore bikers, they are likely to be family oriented people who share a passion for the wind.  Florida is famous for rendezvous's like Daytona Bike Week in the Spring, Biketober Fest and the West Coast Biker Rally in the fall.

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