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Center for Disease Control Considers Helmetless Motorcyclists an Epidemic

Editor’s Note: Well folks, you had to know that it was gonna happen. The safety nanny bureaucrats are once again leaning toward a national helmet mandate and this is just the beginning.

First they tried to do it through the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), but we pointed out that they were basing their findings on studies on a mere SIX motorcycle accidents. They are, without a doubt, the experts when it comes to most air and ground transportation - but their ignorance was showing when it came to motorcycles.

Since that end-around run failed, the CDC picked up the ball and has been running full speed toward the end zone. But, like nearly government agency that you coud name, they stepped on their shoestrings while performing an early celebration before crossing the line.

GW Peterson with ABATE of Virginia was searching for a breakdown of which part of the body was injured during motorcycle fatalities (percentage of head trauma vs. chest trauma vs. abdomen etc.) He could not find anything so he contacted our friends at the CDC. Below is the response from the Director of the Office of Statistics and Programming. I do not have to point out to this esteemed body the obvious question for which the response calls. Please read the response below:

Hi Mr. Peterson,

Thanks for your inquiry. We do not have Motorcyclist injury deaths tabulated by body region/part. With deaths, there are usually multiple injuries and the primary body part affected is often difficult to determine.

You might search the literature to see if anything is published by body region for motorcyclist deaths. I did a search using http://www.safetylit.org/ but did not see any articles surface on motorcyclist deaths by body part affected.

There are public use multiple-causeof- death files that are available upon request if you wanted to analyze those data. If you are interested in requesting those files, let me know and I will put you in contact with one of my colleagues at the National Center for Health Statistics.

I am also checking one other resource to see if she knows of any published articles on this topic. I will let you know what I find out.

Sorry that I couldn't be of more help.

J. Lee Annest, Ph.D., M.S.
Director, Office of Statistics and
Programming
National Center for Injury Prevention
and Control, CDC
4770 Buford Hwy NE, MS - F64
Atlanta, GA 30341

Editor’s Note: So, while the CDC is now the federal government’s selfappointed expert, they can not answer the simplest of questions, on which their studies should have been based.

We have seen this before and will continue to see it in the future. They are banking on an old adage that - if you tell a lie enough times, the public will soon begin to believe it as truth.

As you well know, the CDC is not the first government agency to pull such a dirty trick. We have seen that from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for years. The quote from the NHTSA statistician, Umesh Shankar, was "yes, the numbers are inaccurate, but they are consistently inaccurate", or something very close to that.

They admit that their data is flawed but they continue to preach it as gospel.

Believe it folks, there is a big push for a federal helmet mandate coming our way as sure as the monsoon rains in Arizona.

Membership in ABATE of Arizona is soon going to be a necessity if we are to have half of a chance in defeating such a mandate in Arizona.

I urge all of our members to make the effort to recruit as many new members as possible in the coming months - like your freedom depended on it - BECAUSE IT DOES.