Motorcycle helmet laws in the United States from 1990 to 2005

Politics and public health

Jenny Homer, Michael French

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Abstract

The passage of universal helmet legislation requiring motorcycle riders of all ages to wear helmets is a timely and controversial issue with far-reaching public health implications, especially as the number of motorcycle fatalities continues to rise. In 2008, only 20 states had a universal helmet policy, an effective safety measure for reducing motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries. We used state-specific longitudinal data for the continental United States from 1990 through 2005 to determine which industry, political, economic, and demographic factors had a significant influence on the enactment of universal helmet policies. Our findings suggest that political climate and ideology are important predictors of helmet policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Motorcycle helmet laws in the United States from 1990 to 2005 : Politics and public health. / Homer, Jenny; French, Michael.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 99, No. 3, 01.03.2009, p. 415-423.

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