NH motorcycle fatalities jump

May 20, 2016

BY: Citizens Count

According to preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcycle fatalities in New Hampshire increased over 50% from 2014 to 2015.

There were 26 motorcycle fatalities in New Hampshire in 2015, compared to 17 fatalities in 2014.

This increase may revive interest in a motorcycle helmet law in New Hampshire. 

Supporters of a motorcycle helmet law point out that motorcycle fatalities make up a larger share of traffic fatalities in New Hampshire than the national average.  According to the GHSA, 14% of total traffic deaths in the United States in 2015 involved motorcycle fatalities; in New Hampshire that percentage was 18%.

The GHSA also asserts that motorcycle helmets decrease the risk of dying in a crash by 37%.

Opponents of a motorcycle helmet law argue that motorcyclists understand the risks and should be allowed to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.  New Hampshire's lack of a helmet law is one reason the state's bike week in Laconia is such a popular tourist event.

It is also worth noting that motorcycle fatalities increased in 30 other states in 2015, including New Hampshire's neighbors, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

UPDATE: Read our Citizen Voices℠ report and find out where New Hampshire stands on this issue.

Comments

Brian Dunn
- Henniker

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:46pm

I think it was Ron Paul whom said, it is not the responsibility of the government to protect me from myself.

I think this logic applies here, at least this is how I think at least. They are the ones putting their lives in their own hands, not you. Let them live on their terms, law makers do not need to make more laws just for the sake of making more laws.

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