Peter J. Morris: Helmets save lives

March 17, 2013 

Helmets save lives

Thank you for your coverage promoting motorcycle helmet use (“Fight renewed against N.C. helmet law” March 13).

An important fact raised at the legislative hearing but not mentioned in your article was Florida’s experience with motorcycle helmet legislation. When a law very similar to what North Carolina is considering was passed – only applying helmet laws to adults – the deaths of children on motorcycles increased 188 percent. Law enforcement simply could not tell if the cyclist going by at 60 mph was aged 17 or 22.

The N.C. Child Fatality Task Force joins 93 percent of North Carolinians – and 78 percent of motorcyclists – in supporting North Carolina’s current universal helmet law which saves the lives of adults and children. Good public policy does save lives.

Peter J. Morris, M.D.

Co-Chair, Child Fatality Task Force

Fuquay-Varina

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