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For my argument paper I have chosen to write about the debate of the US enacting a mandatory universal motorcycle helmet law Helmet laws throughout the US have always created a great deal of controversy In 1967 the federal government enacted grant incentive programs to encourage states to pass helmet laws Prior to this no state in the US had a motorcycle helmet law in place Congress eventually rescinded this act in 1976 The debate was revisited again in 1991 and a new incentive program was initiated This too was rescinded by 1995 States under pressure from free-choice groups like ABATE weakened and began repealing their helmet lawsCurrently there are two types of helmet laws in the United States a universal helmet law and partial helmet law States mandate these laws individually According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only 20 states currently have a universal helmet law This law requires all riders to wear a helmet Three states Iowa Illinois and New Hampshire have no helmet law Those remaining have a partial helmet law which requires helmet use based on age or experience Pennsylvania repealed its universal motorcycle helmet law in 2003 The current law requires riders under the age of 21 and those licensed less than two years who have not taken a safety course to wear helmets The University of Pittsburgh conducted a study based on the change The results revealed with the new law helmet use decreased and death rates from head injuries increased about 32 percent It also concluded that the number of riders hospitalized for head injuries had increased by 42 percent I currently live in PA and the helmet law is a very personal one to me I have many friends and immediate family members including myself who are avid motorcyclists We are all fully aware of the dangers associated with riding first hand This debate has been discussed around our dinner table many times From my
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