A Kentucky Senate Committee approved a bill to expand the instances when people can operate all-terrain vehicles without helmets.
Under the measure, the helmet requirement would not apply when ATV riders cross roads with speed limits of 55 mph or less.
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says he opposes the bill for safety reasons.
had 12 ATV-related deaths last year on roadways. Kentucky
State law allows ATV operators 16 or older to ride without helmets when on private property or some business activities.