Safety advocates have long been critical of some of the traffic laws here in the state of Pennsylvania. For instance, our state's secondary seat belt law -- which mandates that law enforcement officials cannot issue traffic citations to motorists solely for not wearing a seat belt -- has been roundly criticized as an impediment to achieving altogether lower car accident fatality numbers.
Another state traffic law that has caused advocates significant consternation over the years is our motorcycle partial helmet law.
Back in 2003, Pennsylvania enacted a law stating that those riders who have either taken an approved motorcycle safety course or who are at least 21 years old and have held a motorcycle license for two years are able to go without a helmet.
Safety advocates argue that these partial helmet laws -- currently in effect in 28 states -- do nothing more than needlessly subject motorcyclists to potentially deadly head injuries.