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CDC pushing for Mandatory Helmet laws NATION WIDE!!!

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:15 AM by Dave Goldstein   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 8:17 AM ]
MMA URGENT UPDATE - MRF News Release - CDC Task Force to Recommend Mandatory Helmet Laws

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) would like to share an important message with its membership concerning a move by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calling on all 50 States to enact Mandatory Helmet Laws.

Such draconian measures have not been taken in this country since the mid-1960's, when the Federal Government effectively held States hostage by withholding Federal Highway Money, which is ultimately paid by our roadway and gas taxes, if the States did not enact a Mandatory Helmet Law.  Ultimately overturned in the 1970's, currently, 31 States have Helmet Laws that allow for Adult Choice concerning helmets.

For over a year now, the Centers for Disease Control has been actively taking up the mantra of Helmets as an economic cost-savings measure -- information that has been refuted -- while ignoring the fact that their core mission is to protect America from disease.  While some of us may joke about Motorcycling being a disease, we use it in a good context, not the negative one the CDC has decided to paint on us all.  Indeed, the CDC seems to believe that the opportunity is to make crashes safer rather than avoid crashing at all!

Given the extreme threat of disease facing our country and the reemergence of virus, flu and plague in our society brought on by more accessible international travel, it seems that the CDC should be focusing their own "economic cost-savings" on their number one priorities which is detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats.

The use of Helmets is neither new nor emerging.  Although statistically motorcycle deaths have increased per NHTSA statistics, they have not increased either proportionally nor in excess of the rate of growth of motorcycle ridership.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) today released the following News Release concerning the CDC's latest attack on Motorcyclists.  The MMA is a firm believer in Education, not Legislation, and ask that all concerned parties contact their state and federal legislators immediately to both ask that they support and endorse Representative Tom Petri's letter asking the CDC to discontinue this unnecessary research, and also to prevent endorsement of the CDC's call for a Mandatory Helmet Law.