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Special Message To Unhelmeted Motorcyclists

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You are mounting your chrome-plated Harley-Davidson. Soon the wind will be sweeping through your hair. Boy, are you foolhardy!

MSNBC carries this story: Fla. cycle deaths rose since helmet law repealed

‘Unhelmeted’ fatalities in soared from 22 to 250, newspaper reports

Motorcycle fatalities involving riders without helmets have soared in the nearly six years since Gov. Jeb Bush repealed the state’s mandatory helmet law, a newspaper reported Sunday.

A Florida Today analysis of federal motorcycle crash statistics found “unhelmeted” deaths in Florida rose from 22 in 1998 and 1999, the years before the helmet law repeal, to 250 in 2004, the most recent year of available data.

The story does not focus on head injuries that cause disfigurement and brain damage. Of course, if death does not bother you, my guess is that the increased risk of serious head injuries is not a worry.

Maybe thinking about the impact of your death or serious injury upon your spouse, children or other family members will make you wear a helmet.