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J Ark Med Soc. 2004 Jun;100(12):430-3.

Arkansas and the motorcyle helmet law.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, USA.


Motorcycle helmet laws have a long and colorful history dating back to the original work of Britain's Dr. Hugh Cairns during World War II. In Arkansas, the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law was repealed in 1997 and replaced by a law requiring only those under the age of 21 to wear helmets. Recent work by researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has highlighted the impact of the helmet law repeal and demonstrated an increase in nonhelmeted motorcycle crash admissions, head injury severity, ICU length of stay and financial loss at this institution. In February of 2003, House Bill 1024 was submitted to the Arkansas House Committee on Public Transportation to reinstate the mandatory motorcycle helmet law for all motorcycle riders but was killed in committee. This article is a review of motorcycle helmet laws with particular emphasis on the arguments pro and con and the history of these laws in the state of Arkansas.

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