Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law in Florida

This article has two sections: first, an evaluation of the repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law in Florida and, second, a commentary on the motorcycle helmet law repeal. In the first section, the authors reports on the Florida repeal which, in July 2000, eliminated the legal requirement that all motorcyclists wear protective helmets. State law now requires helmet use only by riders younger than 21 years and by older riders who do not have a minimum of $10,000 of medical insurance coverage. Helmet use before the law was repealed was nearly 100%; in a 2002 survey, helmet use was 53%. There was a substantial increase in the crash fatality rate for motorcyclists after the repeal of the Florida all-rider helmet law. This section only summarizes the full report which is available online (http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/FlaMCReport/pages/Index.htm). The second section comments on the post-repeal statistics, discussing the excess mortality from motorcycle crashes in states that repeal helmet laws, the decline in helmet use among riders younger than 21 years, the problem of motorcyclist death on the scene of an accident (fewer riders surviving long enough to be transported to a hospital for medical care), the increases in non-fatal injuries, costs of treatment, and hospital discharge functional status for injured riders. The article concludes by calling for more information to be disseminated to Floridians on the impact of their choice to accept their “fatally flawed” motorcycle helmet law.


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  • Accession Number: 01042670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2007 9:11AM