No Helmet Required and More Are Riding

If you live in Florida, you have a right to drive a motorcycle without a helmet. And hundreds of Floridians are exercising their rights. In 1998, 22 people were killed in motorcycle crashes without helmets. After Florida repealed its mandatory helmet law, that number went up to 250 in 2004. But since Gov. Jeb Bush approved the change, more people are riding. Motorcycle registrations in Florida have gone up 87 percent.

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If you live in Florida, you have a right to drive a motorcycle without a helmet. And hundreds of Floridians are exercising their rights. In 1998, 22 people were killed in motorcycle crashes without helmets. After Florida repealed its mandatory helmet law, that number went up to 250, in 2004. But since Governor Jeb Bush approved the change, more people are riding. Motorcycle registrations in Florida have gone up 87 percent. It's MORNING EDITION.

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