To the Editor: Motorcycle-helmet laws remain a hot issue in state legislatures. In some (e.g., Maryland and Massachusetts), efforts to repeal such laws are still under way. Elsewhere, the tide has turned in the wake of the carnage since repeal; for example, bills to reinstate the law have been introduced in Texas, where deaths jumped from 212 to 331 in the 12 months after repeal in August, 1977.1 A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration2 contains data on injuries in certain states where such laws were repealed. When helmet use dropped after repeal, the number of fatal.
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