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April 1, 2008

Tiffany Latimer, MRF Public Relations Assistant
E-mail: pr@mrf.org

The Helmet Debate Rages On in the National Spotlight

In recent days, the USA Today has devoted themselves to covering a major hot button issue with motorcyclists: Helmets. The helmet law debate was catapulted back into the national spotlight with an article last week that highlighted the increase of motorcycling fatalities in the past ten years. Since that original article, Vice President of Government Relations, Jeff Hennie defended why helmet laws have not proven to be the best course of action to save motorcyclist lives.

The USA Today continued on with the subject of helmet laws and motorcycle fatalities today by featuring both sides of the story. "Our View on Helmet Laws: Motorcycle Madness," written by the USA Today highlighted the increase of motorcycle fatalities since Congress repealed its helmet policy in 1995.

Like most things do, motorcycling has significantly increased in the US within that time frame used in the USA Today's view of helmet laws. MRF lobbyist, Jeff Hennie weighed in on the situation with his rebuttal "Opposing view: Helmet Laws don’t work." Not only does this article discuss the proportionate increase in motorcycle deaths in the past ten years but goes on to explain why state helmet laws have not proven to be the most effective way to prevent fatalities.

For more information on this subject, you can contact Jeff Hennie, V.P. of Government Relations at jeff@mrf.org or at 202-546-0983. To read these articles for yourself, check them out on the USA Today website.

Today's articles:

"Our view on helmet laws: Motorcycle madness" by USA Today

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/04/our-view-on-hel.html

"Opposing view: Helmet Laws don’t work" by Jeff Hennie

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2008/04/opposing-view-h.html

Last week's article:

"Motorcyclists deaths spike as helmet laws loosen" USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-26-bikehelmets_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip


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