NTSB Recommends Strict Helmet Laws For Motorcycle Riders

WASHINGTON (AP) - Government investigators say all states should
require motorcycle riders to wear proper helmets.

The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously approved
that and several other recommendations Tuesday, in an effort to
curb a steady rise in motorcycle deaths. Deaths have more than
doubled since 1977.

There were more than 4,800 deaths last year.

Still, motorcycle groups question the effectiveness of helmets.
They say more rider education programs are needed. But one safety
advocacy group says there's no scientific evidence that training
reduces the risk of crashes.

In the late 70s, nearly all states mandated helmets. Twenty
states and the District of Columbia currently require them.
Twenty-seven states only cover some riders and three states --
Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire -- have no helmet laws.

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