Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2016—Overall Results

Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets was at 65.3 percent in 2016, not statistically different at the 0.05 level from 60.7 percent in 2015. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), the only survey that provides nationwide probability-based observed data on motorcycle helmet use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2016 survey also found the following: Helmet use continued to be significantly higher in States that require all motorcyclists to be helmeted than in other States. Helmet use among motorcyclists in the western States increased significantly to 90.9 percent in 2016, up from 74.8 percent in 2015. Non-compliant helmet use among motorcyclists riding alone decreased significantly to 7.7 percent in 2016, down from 11.8 percent in 2015. Helmet use among motorcyclists traveling in medium speed traffic increased significantly to 68.5 percent in 2016, up from 52.3 percent in 2015.


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  • Accession Number: 01632573
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 378
  • Created Date: Apr 24 2017 1:42PM