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NEW RESEARCH: Motorcycle Helmets Prevent Deaths & Injuries

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More than two dozen people might be alive today if they wore a helmet while riding their motorcycle.

That's according to new research out of the University of Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder changed the states helmet law April 12, 2013 allowing people 21 years and older to ride their motorcycle without a helmet if they've been licensed for at least 2 years, and passed a safety course.

However, research suggests if you hit the road without a helmet, you double your risk of dying in a crash and are 60 percent more likely to be seriously hurt.

Those against a mandatory motorcycle helmet law say it's the riders skill and experience that's more important than helmets in preventing death, and say bikers should have the freedom to choose for themselves.

The Michigan Heads First Coalition plans to meet at 10 A.M. Wednesday at the Capitol to discuss the findings. 

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