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August 31, 2004

Pa. Looks at Motorcycle Crash and Injury Data One Year After Repealing State's Helmet Requirement

Nearly a year after Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet law was repealed, experts say it is too soon to tell definitively whether the repeal has caused a spike in motorcycle injuries and deaths.

In the first four months that helmets became optional for riders 21 and older, deaths among helmetless riders more than doubled, from six to 15, compared with the year-ago period. Fatalities among riders wearing helmets dropped 28 percent, from 25 to 18.

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Posted by Tom Troceen


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