Were you shocked when the No Helmet law was lifted?
Did you think that after the No Helmet law was lifted, there would be an increase in motorcyclists’ deaths?
In June, we shared about the no helmet law being lifted in Michigan’s Motorcycle Helmet Law. We shared the new requirements that have to be in place for a motorcyclist to take off their helmet. Then in October, we shared a report that said the mortality rate for motorcyclists had actually decreased since the no helmet law was lifted.
Now, new information is surfacing that again puts blame somewhere besides the lifting of the no helmet law. Below is a quick review on what you need if you want to drive without a helmet,
- You must be 21 years of age.
- You will need to have at least $20,000 in medical coverage.
- You are required to have a motorcycle endorsement for the past 2 years or pass a motorcycle safety test.
We’ve noted a problem before that it is difficult for police to enforce these restrictions due to no longer being able to pull people over who are not wearing a helmet. However, by not being able to enforce these restrictions, we are seeing more motorcyclists losing their lives.
And just riding a motorcycle doesn’t give us a reason to pull them over.”Sgt. Mike Church of the Michigan State Police.
According to Mlive:
Of nearly 3,000 motorcycle operators in Michigan who crashed in the six months after the state’s helmet law was lifted this year, 52 percent were not licensed, a MLive Media Group investigation found. That includes about 44 percent of the more than 700 operators in crashes who chose not to wear helmets.
The article links instead of the no helmet law, riders risky behaviors to crashes and deaths.
They shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place,” said Vince Consiglio, president of ABATE of Michigan.
The risky behaviors that are targeted are:
- Drinking and Driving
- Choosing not to get the motorcycle endorsement
- Inexperienced riders
The article supports experience is the key to driving a motorcycle. When drivers chose not to get endorsed and take the safety classes they are more than half as likely to get into an accident and when there is a combination of alcohol, inexperience and no helmet that likelihood only increases.
Does it surprise you that the inexperience and riders not getting endorsed is behind more motorcycle accidents?