Automobile Club of Southern CaliforniaFeb. 3rd, 1997 Dear Mr. Marcotte: The Auto Club's decision to support the helmet law, beginning with its support of AB 36 (Floyd, D-Carson) in 1987, has always been based on the safety benefits of wearing a helmet, not on any impact such legislation may have on the insurance industry. The Auto Club has been reviewing the supporting data and the results of studies regarding motorcycle helmets for many years, some of which are probably the same studies which you mentioned in your letter. However, Auto Club safety experts have reseached a different conclusion than you have regarding the relaibility of these studies. They have determined that these studies, and many others, are reliable and indicate that using helmets redcues the number of motorcyclists who suffer head injuries or die as the results of accidents. About $1.00 of your membership dues funds the Auto Club's Public Affairs programs. These programs include school safety patrols and pedestrian safety audits, bicycle safety programs, and alcohol education programs to prevent drinking and driving. A small portion of this $1.00 funds Auto Club lobbying activities. The Auto Club takes many factors into account when determining whether to support or opose particular pieces of legislation. The Auto Club was formed for many purposes, two of which are to promote just and uniform legislation regarding the ownership and use of motor vehicles and to promote the general interest of the motoring public. Therefore, it looks to more than just member opinion when making those decisions. It is unfortunate we do not agree on the helmet law issue. Howevr, member opinion varies on this issue and therefore, we are unable to agree with all of our members. Sincerely, Suzan G. Doyle Associate Counsel
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