US Motorcycle Deaths Continue to Increase in States Where Helmets Are Not Compulsory image

A new report shows that motorcycle deaths in the US increased 4.3% in January-September 2012 and continue to rise.

The Governors Highway Safety Association’s report, which was released today, April 24th, says that an increase in motorcycle deaths last year was caused by record-high temperatures. During the first three months of 2012 rider deaths were up 24% and from 1997 to 2011 the number has more than doubled from 2,116 to 4,612, while overall tragic deaths dropped 23% from 42,013 to 32,367. The group predicts that for 2012 motorcycle deaths surpassed 5,000, accounting for more than 14% of all traffic deaths.

“This is a bad situation that is getting worse. And Michigan has done the worst thing it could possibly have been done for motorcycle safety by repealing the mandatory helmet law,” said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA’s deputy executive director.

Last month, the Michigan State Police reported motorcycle deaths up 18% in 2012 and traffic deaths up 5.3%, the first year the state allowed motorcyclists to ride without helmets. If in 2011 there were 5 riders without helmet killed, by 2012 the number increased to 55, up 43%.

“Every state that has repealed their mandatory helmet law has unfortunately seen a requisite increase in fatalities in motorcycle crashes,” said NHTSA chief David Strickland.

Source: The Detroit News