Give the Gift of Life this Christmas - Ask Santa for a Pair of Federally Certified Motorcycle Helmets

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This Christmas, give the gift of life to yourself and the one you love by putting a pair of motorcycle helmets certified by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) under your tree. Helmets that carry the D.O.T. certification sticker are highly effective in preventing brain injuries. In the event of a crash, motorcyclists not wearing a certified helmet are three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of crash fatality by 37 percent. Whether mandated by law or not, It makes sense to protect your brain!

This Christmas, give the gift of life to yourself and the one you love by putting a pair of motorcycle helmets certified by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) under your tree.

Helmets that carry the D.O.T. certification sticker are highly effective in preventing brain injuries. In the event of a crash, motorcyclists not wearing a certified helmet are three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of crash fatality by 37 percent. Just like safety belts in cars, helmets cannot provide total protection against head injury or death, but they do reduce the incidence of both.

Helmets that meet federal safety guidelines are guaranteed to absorb a significant amount of impact energy, prevent penetration and contain a fastening system that withstands significant force.

A list of helmets that passed and failed federal testing is online: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/testing/comply/fmvss218/2007s218.pdf

Illinois is one of only three states that do not require adult or minor motorcycle riders to wear safety helmets. Colorado and Iowa are the other two.

Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute claim that universal helmet laws reduce deaths and serious injuries among motorcyclists.

Whether mandated by law or not, it makes sense to protect your brain!

Give the gift of life this Christmas. Ask Santa for a pair of federally certified safety helmets so you and your loved one can continue to enjoy the ride.

Don Peterson is an 84-year-old motocycle enthusiast who lives in Rockford, Illinois. He bought his first Harley-Davidson military motorcycle for $350 in 1950. Don was born in DeKalb, Illinois in 1924. He graduated from DeKalb High School in 1942, served 33 month in the war and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1952. Don and his wife, Jo Marie, have been married 47 years. They have one daughter.

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