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Key findings

| Friday, June 13, 2008 12:00 a.m

Some key findings in a study released Thursday about motorcycle safety in Pennsylvania in 2004-2005, compared with 2001-2002, the two years before the helmet law was repealed.

• Head injury-related deaths rose 66 percent, from 79 in 2001-2002 to 131 in 2004-2005.

• Motorcycle registrations also jumped, from 486,051 in 2001-2002 to 609,298 in 2004-2005, a 25 percent increase.

• Fifty-eight percent of motorcyclists involved in crashes in 2004-2005 were wearing helmets, down from 82 percent in the two years before the law changed.

• Hospitalization charges for motorcycle-related head injuries increased 132 percent, from $53.5 million in 2001-2002 to $124.2 million in 2004-2005.

Source: University of Pittsburgh

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