Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Increased Deaths After Motorcycle Helmet Law Repealed

CNN reviewed studies released yesterday regarding motorcycle helmet laws.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found an 81% increase in fatalities in the three years following Florida’s repeal of its mandatory helmet law in 2000. The cost for hospital care for motorcycle injuries grew from $21 million to $44 million in the 30 months after the change in the law (corrected for inflation).

Another study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the death rate increased 25% in the two years after the repeal of the helmet law in Florida compared with the two years before repeal.


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