Friday, June 13, 2008

Love your motorcycle? Want to die?

If you want to ride your motorcycle without a helmet - you must have a death wish. Sound harsh? Then explain to me how a state that repeals its helmet law now has a rise in motorcycle deaths due to head injury?

According to a press release issued by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, "Pennsylvania motorcyclists suffered large increases in head injury deaths and hospitalizations in the two years following the repeal of its motorcycle helmet law, according to a University of Pittsburgh study to be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health, available online June 12. Even after accounting for increases in motorcycle registrations that occurred during this period, study authors noted a 32 percent increase in head injury deaths and a 42 percent increase in head injury-related hospitalizations, raising concerns about motorcyclists' safety and the impact of this trend on health care costs."

There's a reason why unhelmeted motorcyclists are called "organ donors" by many who work in emergency departments.

Yeah, I do feel strongly about this. Can you tell?

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