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Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2016
NHTSA: 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. Helmet use continued to be significantly higher in States that require all motorcyclists to be helmeted than in other States.

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Lives and Costs Saved by Motorcycle Helmets, 2014
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Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2015
USDOT: Helmet use among motorcyclists in the northeastern States increased significantly to 77.2%, up from 56.1% in 2014.

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Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2015 Preliminary Data
Motorcyclist fatalities in the United States are expected to have increased by 10 percent in 2015 compared with 2014 (more than 450 additional fatalities), based on preliminary data supplied to the GHSA by the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This increase follows two years in which the number of motorcyclist fatalities decreased.

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Motorcycle Safety Relies on Year-Round Reporting

As the month of May comes to a close, so too does the annual observance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. But that doesn’t mean the end of efforts to make riders, and indeed all road users, safer.

Across the country, decision makers at the local, state and federal levels rely on data and analysis to make important decisions about making the communities we live in, and the transportation system we rely on, safer.

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New Data: Motorcyclist Deaths Surge 10% in 2015
Preliminary data provided by state highway safety offices indicates that more than 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles 2015. This represents an estimated 10 percent increase compared with 2014 -- more than 450 additional deaths.

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First Look at 2014 Motorcyclist Fatalities: Deaths Dip, but Concerns Noted
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gather in Washington D.C. for the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" this Memorial Day Weekend, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is projecting that motorcyclist fatalities decreased for the second straight year in 2014, based on preliminary state data. However, this latest Spotlight on Highway Safety report also notes that there is much more work to do: motorcyclist fatalities are 26 percent higher than a decade ago, while other motor vehicle fatalities are 28 percent lower. READ MORE

Study Finds Motorcyclist Fatalities Fell 7% in 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.—For only the second year since 1997, U.S. motorcyclist fatalities are projected to decrease in 2013, according to a new analysis of preliminary state data released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The latest Spotlight on Highway Safety report also notes that despite the probable 7 percent decrease in rider deaths, motorcyclist safety has not improved in fifteen years. READ MORE
New Study a Reminder of Importance of Motorcycle Helmet Use
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today’s study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) is a reminder of something we have long known – the repeal of state motorcycle helmet laws is a bad and dangerous idea. HLDI’s study shows that since Michigan’s repeal of its universal helmet law in 2012, the medical costs of injured motorcyclists increased substantially, while motorcycle injury crashes also increased. This is consistent with many previous studies showing that repealing a law requiring all riders to wear helmets inevitably and quickly increases motorcyclist fatalities. READ MORE
GHSA Praises Federal Report Calling for Motorcycle Safety Changes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its recent evaluation of federal and state efforts to address motorcycle safety. GHSA strongly supports the recommended changes, as these would lead to a more effective approach to this issue. First, GAO suggests that Congress give states more flexibility in their use of federal highway safety funds to more broadly address the complex issue of motorcycle safety. READ MORE