On July 1, 1979, the State of Maryland repealed their motorcycle helmet law and relieved those individuals over the age of 17 from the requirement of wearing a motorcycle helmet while operating a vehicle on the public highways. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of motorcycle helmet usage by motorcycle operators throughout the State of Maryland after repeal of the law. The following are the major findings of the Maryland Motorcycle Operator Helmet Usage Observational study: 68% of the motorcycle operators were wearing helmets following the repeal of the helmet law. There is virtually no difference in the percentage of motorcycle operators wearing helmets when comparing various times of the day. Highest helment usage occurred in interstate highways and lowest usage torso while operating on the public highways. Only operators wear clothing with the color blue on the upper torso while operating ononn the public highways. Only 53.4% of the motorcycle operators were observed as wearing legal eye protection. 59.9% of the motorcycles were observed as having their headlight on while operating on the public highways. (E)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    6755 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Publication Date: 1979-11

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM