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PA Has 30th Highest Rate of Injury Deaths in U.S.

PA joins states such as Texas and Iowa by making only half of 10 key safety indicators.

We all know Pennsylvania is beautiful—but is it safe?

A new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Pennsylvania ranks higher than the national average for injury-related deaths. 

The national survey found Pennsylvania had the 30th highest rate of injury-related deaths for Americans at 59.4 per 100,000 people suffering injury fatalities. 

The national average is 57.9 per 100,000 people.

The report looked at what the state did—or did not—do to prevent injury, such as whether they had a booster seat law up to age eight (Pennsylvania does) or require motorcycle helmets of all riders (the state does not.) 

Other safety suggestions Pennsylvania has so far not undertaken: mandatory ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, even first offenders, and a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement to ticket on just visual confirmation.

We took one major suggestion from the report—that all states adopt a universal motorcycle helmet law—and thought we'd leave it up to you:

Ed Roper June 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
As a motorcyclist, I am still amazed anybody still rides without a helmet. I don't care how much you rant about 'it's my choice, free will, bla bla", it's just ridiculous. You will never convince me...
Ike June 12, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I never understood why they let this happen??If you have to wear a seatbelt ,YOU would think that wearing a helmet would be a no brainer. Why did they change the law.IT KILLS RIDERS
Jaxxon June 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Required until 18. I always wear a seatbelt, and I always wear a helmet when on two wheels. But if one can sign up for the military, kill and be killed, then they should be able to be take greater risk being killed riding a motorcycle without a helmet, if they wish. If somehow their decision not to wear a helmet endangered someone other than themselves, I would change my mind.

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