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Motorcycle activist: Focus should be on training and licensing, not helmets

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Ever since the repeal of a law in 2012, motorcyclists in Michigan could ride without wearing a helmet.

It’s been four years since the repeal of a Michigan law that required motorcycle riders to wear helmets – an effort that was led by American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of Michigan.

Vince Consiglio is the president of ABATE of Michigan and has averaged 25,000 miles a year on his motorcycle since 1974. He believes wearing a helmet should be a choice made by motorcyclists.

“If you are riding at 50 miles an hour and you hit [a car] head-on,” Consiglio said on Stateside. “There’s no helmet that can protect you.”

Consiglio joined us on today’s Stateside to talk about where he believes lawmakers should be focusing their effots.

Vince Consiglio is the president of ABATE of Michigan.

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