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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
(2007-09-12)
(wgvu) - STATES ARE BEING URGED TO REQUIRE MOTORCYCLE
RIDERS TO WEAR PROPER HELMETS.
MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD HAVE
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS.
MICHIGAN IS ONE OF 20 STATES THAT REQUIRE RIDERS TO WEAR
HELMETS.
MOTORCYCLE DEATHS INCREASED FOR THE NINTH STRAIGHT YEAR IN 2006
WHEN JUST OVER 4,800 MOTORCYCLE RIDERS DIED. NEARLY 4,600 DIED IN
2005.
TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS SAY NON-HELMETED RIDERS ARE THREE TIMES
MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER A BRAIN INJURY IN A CRASH THAN THOSE WEARING
A HELMET.
BUT MOTORCYCLE GROUPS QUESTION THE ABILITY OF HELMETS TO PROVIDE
COMPLETE PROTECTION AND PREVENT INTERNAL INJURIES IN A CRASH. THEY
SAY MORE RIDER EDUCATION PROGRAMS ARE NEEDED.

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