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Tag: motorcycle helmets

June
3rd

Motorcycle helmet laws save lives and money

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

When a vehicle and a motorcycle collide, it is likely not going to be good for the motorcycle — or its rider.

That imbalance and its aftermath is why another term for motorcyclists in hospital emergency rooms is “organ donors.” And it’s why many states, including Washington, enacted mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists, the theory being that at least some cranial protection was better than nothing and would increase survival rates.

This year, the state’s mandatory helmet law is again under fire, with Republican lawmakers trying to limit it to riders younger than Read more »