Crash Deaths Up in Pa. Since Helmet Repeal

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Since Pennsylvania lawmakers decided a decade ago to give motorcyclists the choice of whether to wear helmets or not, the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes has increased.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that since 2003, the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes is up 35 percent.

State officials say 210 people died in motorcycle crashes last year, and only 100 wore helmets while 104 did not.

But Sen. John Wozniak, D-Johnstown, who introduced the legislation, said he sees no movement toward reinstating the restriction. Another lawmaker says he plans to call for a study of the issue.

A lobbyist for a group that fought for the helmet law repeal said the number of motorcycle registrations is up 53 percent, and more motorcycles means more crashes and fatalities.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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