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Feds want mandatory motorcycle helmets


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal safety officials want states to require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

The National Transportation Safety Board says motorcycle deaths have surged since the late 1990s, despite a decline in other traffic fatalities.

The board said there were 4,400 motorcycle deaths in the U.S. last year, more than in all air, rail, water and subway accidents combined. Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.

The board said 20 states require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets. Wisconsin only requires helmets for motorcycle riders and passengers under the age of 18. Iowa, Illinois and Vermont have no requirement.

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