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Accession Number PB2012-114358
Title Motorcycle Helmet Use in 2009: Overall Results.
Publication Date Dec 2009
Media Count 5p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Use of DOT-compliant motorcycle helmets in 2009 stood at 67 percent, a gain from 63 percent in 2008. This result is from the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) which is the only survey that provides the nationwide probability-based observed data on helmet use in the United States. The NOPUS is conducted by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the past five years, motorcycle helmet use has been increasing slowly but steadily increased from 48 percent in 2005 to 67 percent in 2009. The 2009 survey also found the following: Helmet use in States that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets increased significantly from 78 percent in 2008 to 86 percent in 2009. The helmet use in these States continued to be higher than in those States without universal helmet use law. Helmet use in the Northeast increased by 16 percentage points to 61 percent in 2009. Another statistically significant increase. In 2009, helmet use in rural areas continued to increase to 75 percent while urban areas saw a 15-percentage-point drop to 57 percent.
Keywords Helmet usage
Motorcycle helmuts
Motorcycle operators
Protective equipment
Survey methodologies
Traffic safety

Source Agency Highway Traffic Safety
NTIS Subject Category 85D - Transportation Safety
85H - Road Transportation
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
Corporate Author National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC. National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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