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BMC Public Health

, 10:202

First Online: 21 April 2010Received: 10 November 2009Accepted: 21 April 2010DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-10-202

Cite this article as: Cherry, R.A. BMC Public Health 2010 10: 202. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-10-202

Abstract

BackgroundIn June of 2003 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed S. 259 which repealed the state-s 35-year old motorcycle helmet safety law. Motorcycle helmets are now only required for riders who are under the age of 21 and for those who are 21 years or older who have had a motorcycle operator-s license for less than two years, or who have not completed an approved motorcycle safety course.

DiscussionPrior to the repeal, and in the years that have followed, there has been intense debate and controversy regarding Pennsylvania-s decision to repeal the law that required universal and mandatory use of motorcycle helmets for all riders. Proponents of the helmet repeal have argued in favor of individual rights and freedom, whereas advocates for mandatory helmet laws have voiced concerns over public health and safety based on available data.

SummaryThis commentary will discuss the policy-making process that led to Pennsylvania-s repeal of the motorcycle helmet safety law from an ethical, political, and economic perspective.

AbbreviationsNHTSANational Highway Traffic Safety Administration

MCCmotorcycle crash

CODESCrash Outcome Data Evaluation System

ABATEAmerican Bikers Active Towards Education

BATNABest Alternative to Negotiated Agreement

SMROstate motorcycle rights organization.

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Author: Robert A Cherry

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