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Motorcycle Safety Guide: Universal Helmet Laws Increase Helmet Use
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The Positive Impact of Strengthening Helmet Laws

Rate of helmet use before and after enacting a universal helmet law3,30,31,32,33

State (Year of enactment) Under partial/no law Under universal law
Nebraska (1989) 15% 85%
Washington (1990) 41% 80%
California (1992) 50% 99%
Maryland (1992) 25% 81%
Lousiana (2004) 60% 99%

All five states gained a substantial increase in helmet use in the year after the universal
helmet law was enacted.

The Negative Impact of Weakening Helmet Laws

Rate of helmet use before and after repealing a universal helmet law3,34,35,36

State (Year of repeal) Under universal law Under partial law
Arkansas (1997) 97% 52%
Texas (1997) 97% 66%
Kentucky (1998) 96% 65%
Louisiana (1999) 100% 52%
Florida (2000) 99% 53%
Pensylvania (2003) 82% 58%

All six states showed a substantial decrease in helmet use in the year after the universal
helmet law was repealed.

References

References are located on the Endnotes page.

 

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