Wear a Helmet the Life you Save Might be Your Own

In a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) overall motor vehicle deaths dropped to their lowest level since 1949. However there was little progress in reducing deaths for motorcyclist the report said. Motorcycle deaths remained at 4,500 in 2011 about the same as in 2010. The report classified motorcycles as any two or three wheeled vehicle in the study.

The group said that raising prices at the pump may be leading to more people deciding to use motorcycles as a more economical means of transportation. They also used the data to raise the issue of the use of mandatory helmet laws, which are under attack in at least five states.

There is a decrease in states with universal helmet laws. Only 19 states currently require all riders to wear helmets, down from 26 in 1997. Earlier this year, Michigan repealed its universal helmet law, while similar legislation has been introduced in five other states. No state has enacted a universal helmet law since Louisiana…

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