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Report: Fatal Motorcycle Crashes Increase In Mich. From 2011 to 2012



LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - According to a Michigan State Police report, in 2012, there were 55 fatal motorcycle crashes where the rider wasn't wearing a helmet--a huge jump from 2011 when there were only 5 fatal accidents involving helmet-less riders.



"I won't ride without a helmet," says Joe Jones. That's because he says a helmet saved his life in an accident six years ago, but he knows others who won't ride with one.


"They don't wear their helmets and that's up to them. It's their right, but it's my right, too and I choose to wear one," said Jones.

Just over a year ago, Michigan repealed it's motorcycle helmet law.

Remy Raleigh works at Lansing's Full Throttle Motor Sports and he says some customers even feel safer without a helmet on.

"I feel we should have that freedom. That's the whole purpose of motorcycling. It's American, it's free, and I think forcing people to wear helmets takes away from that," Raleigh said.

Michigan State Police say they've seen a change since the law was repealed. They encourage motorcyclists to wear protective gear and brightly colored clothing when riding on the road.

May is also Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

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