Myrtle Beach refunds bikers fined for helmet violations with interest

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The city of Myrtle Beach has mailed refunds to motorcycle riders after the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled the city's helmet law was invalid.

Multiple media outlets reported Myrtle Beach has sent refunds for 141 tickets issued when the city's helmet law was in effect from February 2009 until the Supreme Court decision last month.

Requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets in Myrtle Beach was part of the city's effort to restrict biker festivals. But the Supreme Court said the local law was invalid, since South Carolina does not require bikers to wear helmets.

The refund checks totaled nearly $14,000. City spokesman Mark Kruea says a second round of checks covered interest on the fines and ranged between 50 cents to $10.50, depending on when the ticket was issued.

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