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Index of Motorcycle Safety Documents


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Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES)
This study was undertaken in response to Section 1031(b) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), which required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a study to determine the benefits of safety belt and motorcycle helmet use in crashes.

Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) Project Safety Belts and Helmet
Analysis, February, 1996.

This four page summary of the CODES Project identifies data collection methods, outcomes, results and benefits of safety belt and helmet usage.

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Do Motorcycle Helmets Interfere with the Vision and Hearing of Riders (June 1996)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsored a study to access the effect of wearing a helmet upon the ability of motorcycle riders (1) to visually detect the presence of vehicles in adjacent lanes before changing lanes and (2) to detect traffic sounds when operating at normal traffic speeds. The information in this study will benefit motorcycle advocates across the nation seeking information about the impact of helmet usage on motorcyclists' vision and hearing.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 (Motorcycle helmets)

Further Analysis of Motorcycle Helmet Effectiveness Using CODES Linked Data, January, 1998
This Research Note expands the CODES analyses to include consideration of the effect of helmet legislation in the CODES states. Motorcycle helmet effectiveness was measured using mortality, morbidity, severity and costs. Find out what further analysis shows about the effectiveness of motorcycle helmet usage.

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Increasing Motorcycle Awareness
This one-page, two-sided publication is geared toward drivers and riders alike. One side provides advice to riders and the other provides advice to drivers concerning motorcycle awareness. Issues such as motorcycle driving patterns, blind spots, hazardous road conditions for both riders and drivers, and what actions they can take (together), to be safer on the road are discussed. Contact organizations and phone numbers are provided for more information.

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Motorcycle Helmets: The Facts of Life
This two-color. Eight page brochure provides background on the motorcycle crash problem in the U.S., discusses the effectiveness of helmets and helmet laws in preventing injury and death, and addresses some misconceptions about helmets.

Motorcycle Operator Licensing System: Guidelines for Motor Vehicle

This document presents updated guidelines used to establish or revise motorcycle operator licensing systems. The model describes an optimal set of program strategies which can be adjusted or modified to work in any state motorcycle licensing program. Additionally, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation uses this guideline as part of its motorcycle licensing examiner training program.

Motorcycle Safety Brochure (03.30.00)
This booklet provides basic information on motorcycle crashes, the need to successfully complete rider training and obtaining the proper license, the dangers for riding impaired, and the value of proper protective gear. Motorcycle Safety also discusses defensive driving, vehicle inspection, and maintenance tips.

Motorcycle Safety - Traffic Safety Digest; Motorcycle Safety Programs
Examples of various motorcycle programs that have been administered across the nation. Learn about project characteristics, state and size of jurisdiction, and targeted populations. Brief summaries are provided on problem identification, goals and objectives, strategies and activities, and results. Funding levels and contact persons are also provided.

Motorcycles (Traffic Safety Facts)
Statistics Fact Sheet on Motorcycle Safety published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

Motorcycles and Alcohol
This one-page publication focuses on motorcycling and alcohol. It provides the reader with background to the problem, solutions to the problem, and challenges to overcome in the future. It also provides cues for detecting impaired motorcyclists.

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Safety Countermeasures Newsletter Winter 2000 (04-01-00)

State Legislative Fact Sheets: Motorcycle Helmet Use Laws
Focuses on key facts, legislative status, cost savings, who supports universal motorcycle helmet laws, and the status of state motorcycle helmet use requirements.

The Facts: Impaired Motorcycle Operators
This one page description provides statistics on the incidence of impaired riding, summarizes recent research indicating that traditional impaired driving messages have little impact on motorcycle operators; and describes prevention strategies to reduce impaired motorcycling.

Traffic Safety Materials Catalog: Motorcycle and Helmet Safety

Traffic Tech: Motorcycle Safety Program Activities Update

Transportation Equality Act For the 21st Century
TEA-21 was enacted June 9, 1998, as Public Law 105-178. It authorizes the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for the 6-year period 1998-2003.

Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety Programs: Motorcycle Safety
This Motorcycle Safety Program Guideline will assist States and local communities in the development and implementation of comprehensive and effective motorcycle safety programs.

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Without Motorcycle Helmets We All Pay the Price
This kit includes a brochure, booklet and video discussing the goals and components of a comprehensive motorcycle safety program, and the importance of motorcycle helmets and helmet laws in reducing injuries, fatalities and taxpayers' costs from motorcycle crashes.