Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2006–Overall Results

In June 2006, 51% of motorcyclists in the United States used Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant helmets, a 3-percentage-point increase from the 2005 rate. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), which provides the only probability-based observed data on helmet use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2006 survey also found the following: the use of helmets that are not compliant with Federal safety regulations stands at 14% in 2006, statistically unchanged from the prior year; the use of DOT-compliant helmets increased by 22 percentage points in the West to 72% in 2006; the use in rush hours nationwide dropped by 22 points to 42%; and use rates remain statistically lower in States that do not require all riders to use helmets. This research note contains figures showing motorcycle helmet use, 1994-present; motorcycle helmet use by type of helmet; and motorcycle helmet use by State law and helmet type. Tables are presented showing use of helmets compliant with Federal safety regulations, by major characteristics; use of noncompliant helmets, by major characteristics; sites, motorcycles, and motorcyclists observed (2005 and 2006); and States with laws requiring helmet use for all motorcycle riders.


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  • Accession Number: 01042151
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-810 678
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 2007 2:54PM