11-07-2003

03NR39 - NHTSA Study Demonstrates Need for Safer Riding, Not Safer Crashing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Wyld
wyld@mrf.org (e-mail)

November 7, 2003

#03NR39 - NHTSA STUDY DEMONSTRATES NEED FOR SAFER RIDING, NOT SAFER CRASHING

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released yet another "study" on motorcycle helmet laws. This time, NHTSA commissioned Preusser Research of Connecticut to build a case that motorcyclists in Kentucky and Louisiana, which repealed mandatory use laws in 1998 and 1999 respectively, are worse off by opting for adult choice in helmet use.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is conducting a complete evaluation of the October 2003 research in concert with State Motorcyclists' Rights Organizations (SMROs), particularly those in the states targeted by the research. In the interim, however, the MRF makes the following observations:

- The researchers conclude in the "Crash Descriptions" section of this study that the lion's share of tragedies from motorcycle crashes stem from dangerous practices - from motorist failure to yield to rider failure to operate the machine safely and effectively.

- The researchers erroneously conclude that "repeals have demonstrable (sic) negative safety consequences." In fact, as documented in "Crash Descriptions," careless, reckless vehicle operation has demonstrably negative safety consequences.

Read how not to drive (or, for that matter, ride) in "Crash Descriptions." It will underscore the importance of what the MRF and SMROs are doing in the states and at the federal level to advance safer riding - through rider training and motorist awareness - to prevent accidents, thwart injuries and save lives.

NHTSA's research is available at: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/kenturky-la03/TOC.html

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