The effect of state motorcycle licensing laws on motorcycle driver mortality rates.

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  • OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between motorcycle licensing and operation regulations and motorcycle mortality rates in the United States during 1997 through 1999. METHODS: A population-based ecologic study was used. RESULTS: Lower mortality rates were observed in states with the following motorcycling requirements: skill test for a motorcycle permit (rate ratio [RR], 0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.69-0.84), driver training (RR, 0.80; 95% CI, 0.74-0.86), longer duration of learner's permits (95-190 days [RR, 0.86; 95% CI, 0.79-0.95] and >190 days [RR, 0.87; 95% CI, 0.81-0.93], three or more learner's permit restrictions (RR, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.73-0.84), and a full helmet law (RR, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.71-0.81). CONCLUSION: Specific motorcycle licensure policies appear to be associated with lower mortality rates.
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  • Accidents, Traffic, Humans, Licensure, Motorcycles, Public Policy, Regression Analysis, State Government, United States
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    Author List

  • McGwin G; Whatley J; Metzger J; Valent F; Barbone F; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 415
  • End Page

  • 419
  • Volume

  • 56
  • Issue

  • 2