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Car company seeks to change helmet laws

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A company that plans to make a three-wheeled vehicle is seeking a change in Mississippi's helmet law.

Elio Motors wants Mississippi to specify that a helmet won't be required in its "autocycle," an enclosed motorcycle with two wheels in front and one in back.

The company plans to start production this year at the former General Motors plant in Shreveport, La.

Joel Sheltrown, the company's vice president of government relations, spoke to a small group of Mississippi lawmakers Wednesday.

He's asking them to specify that no helmet would be required of the driver or passenger of an autocycle. The vehicle will have seat belts, a roll cage and automobile controls.

Sheltrown says Mississippi is one of five states where a helmet would currently be required.

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