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RALEIGH — There is enough support in a House committee to limit the state’s motorcycle helmet requirement to those under the age of 21.

On Tuesday, the House transportation panel agreed to give adults the option to ride without a helmet if they have had a motorcycle license for a year, completed a safety course and have insurance covering $10,000 in medical benefits.

Violators could face a small fine.

Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County, who sponsors the bill, says he’s a motorcyclist who considers helmets a freedom of choice. Torbett added that data suggests helmets do not result in improved safety.

However, AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby disagrees and says the change will lead to more injuries and greater medical costs.

The bill will now go to another House committee.

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