Motorcycle fatalities rising, but biker groups ask for less regulation
Thursday, June 7, 2012
FairWarning.org: While the number of annual U.S. traffic fatalities has dropped more than 20 percent since 1997, the number of annual motorcycle deaths has more than doubled in that same period. But Rick Schmitt reports lobbyists for biker groups “are asking lawmakers and regulators to …[b]ack away from promoting or enforcing requirements for safe helmets, the most effective way known to save bikers’ lives.” One in seven traffic fatalities in 2010 was a motorcycle rider, compared to one in 20 in 1997. Only 19 states now have helmet requirements for all motorcycle riders, down from 47 states in the late 1970s.