Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Current Arkansas law requires only some motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. A previous state law mandating universal helmet use was repealed in 1997 and by May 1998 observed helmet use had dropped from 97% compliance to just 52%. After the universal helmet law was repealed, Arkansas emergency medical service providers noted that motorcycle fatalities increased by 21%. These same medical providers also recorded a significant increase in head injuries and in the average medical treatment costs per accident.

In 2009, ACHI published a fact sheet detailing the link between fatal and incapacitating motorcycle crashes and non-helmet use. To date, legislative support has not been sufficient to change Arkansas’s law to require more stringent use of helmets.


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Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
1401 West Capitol
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Little Rock, AR 72201