Helmets for motorcyclists can save lives in Ohio

Five motorcyclists were killed on Washington and Morgan county roadways this year, with three of those drivers not wearing helmets.

As this statistic shows, wearing a helmet won’t always save your life but it can prevent death and traumatic brain injuries. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

We hope in 2017 Ohio legislators consider passing a universal helmet law that would require all riders to protect themselves by wearing a helmet.

Currently, only 19 states and Washington, D.C., have such a law. We can do better.

There may be initial backlash, as there was when using seat belts became mandatory by law.  But this is an important lifesaving measure that should be given serious consideration.

Five lives lost in just these two counties this year alone tells us that much.