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Insurance, Medical, Law-Enforcement and Non-Profit Groups Urge Lawmakers to Repeal the Law that Allows Michigan Motorcyclist to Ride Without a Helmet

About a year ago, April 2012, Governor Snyder signed the law allowing motorcycle drivers to choose to ride without a helmet in Michigan if certain insurance, training, and age requirements were met. Results of a recently released study by the University of Michigan reveal that the fatality rate for helmet-less riders in crashes was nearly three times higher than for those wearing helmets. Further, the study concluded that there would have been 26 fewer deaths and 49 fewer serious injuries in Michigan last year had the helmet requirement still been in place. A total of fifty-five helmet-less riders died in 2012 and 194 were seriously injured. A coalition including Michigan Health & Hospital Association, the Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Nurses Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Sheriff's Association, AAA Michigan, Allstate, Prudential, State Farm, Nationwide Insurance, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and other non-profit advocacy groups is requesting that state legislators and the Governor restore Michigan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law in order tosave livesand avoid serious injuries that can be prevented. 

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