Motorcycle deaths hit record in ’08

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation:

“Nearly seven out of 10 riders killed in Colorado last year were not wearing a helmet or were wearing it incorrectly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries, meaning 25 Colorado riders could have been saved if they had been wearing one.” 


Mesa County motor vehicle-collision-related deaths:

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office reports 21 motor vehicle collision-related fatalities in 2008 (Note: coroner handled seven motorcycle deaths, some of the accidents happened outside the county, but the deaths occurred in Mesa County):

• 7 Motorcycle and ATV deaths
• 4 without helmets
• 3 with helmets

Motorcycle helmet laws:

• 17-years-old-and-younger riders and passengers on motorcycles must wear a helmet in Colorado.
• Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire are the only states with no helmet laws.


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