Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121294
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File Number: 121294 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-616-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: REINSTATE A UNIVERSAL MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW Introduced: 6/21/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/3/2012
Agenda Date: 7/3/2012 Agenda Item Number: 11A37
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REINSTATE A UNIVERSAL MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Lynda Bell, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/3/2012 11A37 Adopted P

County Attorney 6/21/2012 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REINSTATE A UNIVERSAL MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW

BODY
WHEREAS, in 2010, the 4,502 motorcyclists killed in motorcycle crashes made up 14 percent of all road traffic deaths, yet motorcycles accounted for less than 1 percent of all vehicle miles traveled according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”); and
WHEREAS, a recent CDC report concludes that helmet use consistently has been shown to reduce motorcycle crash–related injuries and deaths, and that the most effective strategy to increase helmet use is enactment of universal helmet laws; and
WHEREAS, universal helmet laws require all motorcyclists to wear helmets whenever they ride; and
WHEREAS, the findings in the CDC report indicate that fatally injured motorcycle riders were less likely to wear helmets in states that do not have universal helmet laws; and
WHEREAS, from 2008 to 2010, fatally injured motorcyclists in states with a partial helmet law were more than five times as likely not to have been wearing a helmet as those in states with a universal helmet law, 64 percent as opposed to 12 percent, according to the CDC; and
WHEREAS, fatally injured motorcyclists in states with no helmet law were more than six times as likely not to have been wearing a helmet as those in states with a universal helmet law, 79 percent as opposed to 12 percent; and

WHEREAS, from 1967 to 2000, the State of Florida had a universal helmet law, requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet; and
WHEREAS, during the 2000 session, the Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2000-313, Laws of Florida (HB 1911), which authorized persons over the age of 21 to operate or ride on a motorcycle without protective headgear provided such persons had an insurance policy of $10,000 for medical benefits; and
WHEREAS, research has shown that when a state repeals its helmet law or opts for less restrictive requirements, helmet use decreases and motorcycle-related deaths, injuries, and costs increase; and
WHEREAS, during the two years after Florida law was changed, the motorcyclist death rate per 10,000 registered motorcycles in Florida increased by 21 percent, deaths among motorcycle riders less than 21 years of age nearly tripled and hospital admissions of motorcyclists with injuries to the head, brain, and skull increased by 82 percent, according to the CDC; and
WHEREAS, in addition, gross costs charged to hospital-admitted motorcyclists with head, brain, or skull injuries in Florida more than doubled, from $21 million to $50 million during these two years following repeal of Florida’s universal motorcycle helmet law; and
WHEREAS, in light of these findings, this Board urges the Florida Legislature to reinstate a universal motorcycle helmet law in Florida,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:

Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to reinstate a universal motorcycle helmet law.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of this Board to send a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation and action set forth in section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2013 State Legislative Package when it is presented to the Board.



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