S.C. state helmet law up for debate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- A proposed bill in Columbia could bring back a familiar but controversial law to the Grand Strand area. The bill, proposed by State Senator Ralph Anderson of Greenville, would make a mandatory helmet law uniform throughout the Palmetto State.

Myrtle Beach had its own variation of the helmet ordinance in 2008, but the law was widely protested by bikers and some businessmen. State Representative Thad Viers even voiced his opposition to the law that was eventually overturned. He says he's prepared to do the same this time around as well.

"This is what I call style over substance," Rep. Viers says. "I think the government needs to focus on some other priorities right now."

Opponents to a helmet law say it's not a question of safety when it comes to their opposition. They feel uncomfortable with the idea of the matter of motorcycle helmets being dictated to them by the government.

"We're not a nanny state," says City Councilman Randal Wallace. "The government shouldn't be telling people what they should or shouldn't do in their own lives."

The bill has not yet been discussed in the State House. It has been pre-filed and will be brought up in the next session, which resumes on January 10th.

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