News Helmet-Law Protester Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Helmet-Law Protester Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Helmet Protest Motorcycle Crash

In New York, it’s a state law that all motorcyclist wear helmets. Opposed to this motorcycle-helmet law, a group of riders put on a protest near Syracuse Sunday.

As the men rode their motorcycles without helmets in protest, one bare-headed rider suffered a crash, striking his head on the roadway. New York State Police reported the man involved in the crash, Philip Contos, 55, died from the injuries.

State police reported that the Parish, N.Y., resident crashed on state Route 11 in Onondaga, N.Y. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Local reports say the helmet-protest ride was organized by ABATE (American Bikers Aimed for Education).

New York is one of 20 states that still enforces the helmet law. The state that’s been in the news lately regarding the motorcycle helmet law is Michigan; legislation to repeal the helmet law has been recently passed by the senate, and highly opposed by AAA.

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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