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Arkansas lawmaker looks to toughen motorcycle helmet laws in his state

December 18th, 2008

An Arkansas lawmaker is tackling motorcycle helmet legislation in his state.

Facing the same opposition as other politicians in the past, Senator. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, filed legislation that would require motorcyclists to either wear a helmet or prove that they have at least $10,000 coverage under their health insurance. This follows his legislation to reenact mandatory helmet use voted down last year.

Other senators in Arkansas have tried similar legislation since since the state repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 1997.

Re-visiting other legislation from sessions gone by, Hendren also proposed another driving restriction he brought up last year, a bill that would prohibit drivers under 18 from using cell phones while driving.

Under the bill, anyone charged with breaking the cell-phone driving ban would be issued a warning on the first offense and have to pay a $50 fine for each subsequent offense. The proposal would also bar the state from using a violation of the cell phone rule to suspend or revoke a driver’s license.

Hendren’s cell-phone driving ban for teenagers was approved by the Senate last year, but rejected by the House

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