Attorney Smith fighting Florida helmet laws dies in motorcycle accident

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Ron Smith, 66, and his girlfriend were on their way to a funeral with a group of US military

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Neither of them was wearing a helmet

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In the 1990s, Florida Bikers were still required to wear a helmet

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In the 1990s, Pinellas' attorney Ron Smith was an aggressive advocate for overturning the law

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Smith, 66, was a member of the American Legion Riders Group in Old Town for two years

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Smith's autopsy report lists blunt head trauma as a cause of death


According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets reduce the risk of death of bikers by 37%

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According to one study, Florida's death rate increased by 25% after the helmet law was repealed

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In states without helmet laws, 57% of motorcyclists who died in 2020 were not wearing a helmet compared to 11% of motorcyclists in states with helmet laws

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