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Helmet Laws Really Do Decrease Deaths Per CDC

Per an article on cbsatlanta.com, a new CDC study shows what some of us may have already known – that motorcycle helmets really do save lives.

The study showed that there are less motorcyclists dying in crashes in states that have stricter helmet laws.Man on motorcycle

According to the research, there were approximately 6,000 deaths of motorcyclists not wearing helmets over a three-year period, but only 12% of these deaths occurred in the 20 states that mandate that all motorcyclists wear helmets.

Additionally, the research showed that the states that require helmet use also save approximately $500 more per registered motorcycle in medical and other expenses than the states without the strict laws.

How much do you know about Georgia motorcycle traffic and safety laws?

Take our Georgia motorcycle safety quiz:

True or False:

1) In Georgia, it is only necessary for motorcycle operators to use their headlight at night.

2) It is legal for motorcycle operators to “split lanes,” or drive a motorcycle between lanes of traffic.

3) A motorcycle operator is not required to wear a helmet if he or she is operating the vehicle off road.

4) Individuals under the age of 18 are prohibited from riding as a passenger on a motorcycle.

5) It is legal for two motorcycle operators to ride two abreast, or side by side, in one lane.

Scroll down and see how many answers you got correct!

1) False. Use of headlight is required at all times under Georgia state law.

2) False. Under Georgia law, it is illegal to split lanes by driving a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent rows of vehicles.

3) True. A helmet is only required for on-road use. However, helmets should be worn at all times for optimum safety. A helmet can prevent debilitating injury or death.

4) False. There are no passenger age restrictions in Georgia.

5) True. Georgia law allows no more than two motorcycles to ride abreast in a single lane.

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