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A report by the National Highway Traffic Administration entitled Evaluation of the Repeal of the All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law in Florida shows what happens when unprotected heads hit the road.

The report “reviews the crash reports after the repeal of the mandatory motorcycle helmet law [and] it indicates that motorcycle fatalities have increased 81% when comparing 2001-2003 fatalities (after the repeal) than in years previous (1997-1999),” according to the Traumatic Brain Injury Blog.

“The report also showed that head injury admissions to the hospital increased by 82% in Florida due to motorcycle crashes. Before the repeal of the helmet law, the average annual cost of head injury treatment in hospitals has increased anywhere between $10,000.00 to $45,600.00 per person.”

OK. We are not required by Florida law to wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Our freedom has been returned to us. But, does it make sense to use our heads as bumpers? We now have good proof that the price of hair blowing in the wind is awfully steep.

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