Guess this will be a setback for the crusade for a motorcycle helmet law:
Motorcycle traffic fatalities in Indiana declined more than 14 percentage points last year, reflecting a nationwide trend, according to a new study.
The Governors Highway Safety Association reported that motorcycle traffic fatalities declined at least 10 percentage points nationwide last year, based on preliminary data from 50 states and the District of Columbia. It was the first time motorcycle fatalities have declined in 11 years, according to USA Today.
Indiana is a little ahead of the rest of the country," said Jonathan Adkins, spokesman for the association, which is a nonprofit highway safety organization. "That's a good place to be."
Sorry, Sen. Wyss, you'll have to find some other way we harm ourselves that you need to help us stop, preferably something without a loud and aggressive lobby.
I apologize for bringing this up ad nauseam, but Indiana's insane approach to self-inflicted highway injury is my biggest pet peeve about state law (at least since we dumped the "Yes, wink, wink, I'll use these fireworks out of state" joke). Requiring both seat belts and motorcycle helmets can be justified. Requiring neither can be defended. Requiring one but not the other is both indefensible and imcomprehensible.