ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A proposed bill would require all adults in New Mexico to wear helmets while riding a motorcycle.
Right now, only people younger than 18 are required to. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s proposal would also require passengers to wear a helmet.
If the bill passes,- adults without a helmet would face a misdemeanor and a $300 fine. It has been more than a decade since a new helmet law has been introduced. The idea has always been met with opposition from motorcycle groups and other lawmakers.
In 2012, there were 62 motorcycle deaths in New Mexico. Thirty-nine of those victims were not wearing a helmet.
Nineteen states in the U.S. have helmet laws for adults.