Six years ago, Florida repealed a law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, and since then the state is seeing a drastic increase in motorcycle fatalities.
The number of deaths involving cyclists without helmets rose from 22 in 1998 to 250 in 2004.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration numbers also show total motorcycle deaths in Florida increased 67-percent from 2000 to 2004.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Jerry Maddux said, “Even the most minor crashes now result in serious injury. Even at low speeds and impact. Usually 2 impacts are involved, the vehicle hits and then the person hits the road. The injuries are just substantial.”
Motorcycle registrations in Florida have risen 87-percent since the helmet law was repealed in 2000.