CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Rep. Wendell Gilliard has proposed a bill that would require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet.
As the law currently stands, if you're over the age of 20, it's optional to wear a helmet.
The proposed bill would make it a requirement that everyone must wear a helmet when operating a "two-wheeled" motorized vehicle.
You can read the full bill below:
TO AMEND SECTION 56‑5‑3660, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE WEARING OF A HELMET BY CERTAIN PERSONS WHO OPERATE OR RIDE UPON A TWO‑WHEELED MOTORIZED VEHICLE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THIS PROVISION APPLIES TO ALL PERSONS WHO OPERATE OR RIDE UPON A TWO‑WHEELED MOTORIZED VEHICLE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56‑5‑3660 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Lowcountry Harley-Davidson released the following statement Thursday:
"While we encourage motorcyclists to wear protective gear while riding, the Harley-Davidson brand is built on freedom. We believe that the individual rider should have the freedom to choose whether to wear a helmet or not."
The bill was introduced on Wednesday. Representatives Carl Anderson and Seth Whipper also sponsored the bill.