Wisconsin should toughen its motorcycle helmet law
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Our View | Helmet Laws

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Motorcycle helmets save lives.

That is, if motorcyclists wear them.

And there is clear evidence that mandatory helmet laws result in more motorcyclists wearing helmets. That’s reason enough for Wisconsin to re-examine its partial helmet law.

Here’s another: Helmet laws save money.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month estimated that in 2010, more than $ 3 billion was saved because of helmet use nationwide. Another $ 1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.

The reason is simple: Helmets dramatically cut the risk of serious injury and death. Fewer injuries, or less serious injuries, translate into lower health care costs. And it’s not only the rider who saves. When motorcyclists are hurt, everyone pays through higher insurance premiums – or in the case of uninsured riders (and unhelmeted riders are more likely to be uninsured than other riders, the CDC says) – the government pays.

Wisconsin has a partial helmet law, meaning that only motorcyclists under age 18, or those holding an instructional permit, are required to wear a helmet. In Wisconsin last year, 92% of those killed in motorcycle crashes were not wear…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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