Taunton cop: ‘Statistics prevail’ over proposed motorcycle helmet bill
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He’s been a cop for 24 years, rides and owns his own motorcycle and is convinced that wearing a safety helmet both saves lives and prevents serious injuries.

“Statistics prevail as far as I’m concerned,” said the 42-year-old Taunton patrolman, who asked that his name not be used.

And he says that’s why he objects to a bill proposed by state Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, that, if passed into law, would allow motorcyclists and passengers 21 and older to ride without wearing a protective helmet, as is the case in Rhode Island.

Other recently proposed motorcycle-related bills submitted for consideration on Beacon Hill include one from state Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth, that would permit motorcyclists from states without any helmet restriction — such as New Hampshire — to ride in Massachusetts sans protective head gear.

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There were two motorcycle fatalities in Taunton in 2010. In May, a 26-year-old city man was kil…………… continues on Abington Mariner

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