Citizens’ Rights vs.
Personal Freedom/Individual Rights
Data tell us that an overwhelmingly large percentage of the people supports helmet laws.
The public wants universal motorcycle helmet laws. Voters may not be on the phone with their legislators or other policy makers once a week, but that does not mean they do not care about or support motorcycle helmet laws.
The public strongly supports highway safety and motorcycle helmet laws. In a 1996 Louis Harris poll, 61 percent of respondents stated that helmet laws are very important.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 1995 Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Survey is consistent with the results of the 1996 Louis Harris poll. The survey found that public support for motorcycle helmet laws in the United States is strong: 82 percent of persons age 16 and older support universal helmet laws.43
A majority of motorcyclists support universal helmet laws. The same NHTSA survey published in 1995 revealed that 62 percent of those motorcyclists who rode in the preceding year support helmet laws for all riders.44
Preventing Brain Injuries / Reducing Injuries & Saving Lives / Helemet Laws Work /
Reducing Costs / Not a Stand Alone Issue / Common Myths /
Tax Payer vs. Personal Freedom / More Info. / End Notes