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Motorcycle Helmets

In this June 12, 2008 file photo, Randy Knauff takes off from work without a helmet on his motorcycle in Harmony, Pa. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise. Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, 28 states, including Pennsylvania, require only some motorcyclists _ usually younger or novice riders _ to wear a helmet, and three states have no helmet use law. States have been gradually repealing or weakening mandatory helmet laws for nearly two decades.