Helmet Law Repeals Raising Motorcycle Deaths
MSNBC.COM - "We call it the organ donor enhancement act," said Dr. Bob, a physician at a large suburban Detroit hospital.
"We've always had a shortage of donors but expect to see the numbers go way up," said the emergency room veteran asking not to be quoted by his full name speaking so callously.
But it appears he was right to fear the impact of the recent decision by Michigan lawmakers to repeal the state's mandatory helmet law. A new report by the independent investigative website FairWarning.org finds that the trend towards giving riders the freedom to go helmet-less is resulting in a significant increase in motorcycle fatalities.
That's precisely the opposite direction from the overall highway death trend. Despite the surge in motorcycle fatalities, overall traffic deaths last year fell to their lowest level since 1949 and on a deaths-per-100-million-miles-driven basis the figure was the lowest since records started being kept in the 1920s. click here to read more
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