Helmet use targeted by federal government

Motorcycle safety, specifically state helmet laws or the lack thereof, is back on the federal government’s mind.

The National Transportation Safety Board today added motorcycle safety to its “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements. The board specifically recommended that helmets be required to wear. Currently that’s the case in only 20 states.

“State governments are in a unique position to effect the most significant improvement in certain areas of transportation safety,” transportation board Chairman Deborah Hersman said. “Our Most Wanted List spotlights those states that have made noteworthy progress in better protecting the traveling public — and those that have not.”

An Associated Press article noted the board can’t force states to enact tougher helmet laws.

Motorcycle fatalities fell in 2009, but the transportation board still sees room for improvement.

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