Motorcycle Safety Studies


The Injury Prevention Center is conducting two studies which aim to decrease injury among Rhode Island motorcyclists.

The first project, supported by funding from the American Public Health Association's Traffic Safety Institute and designed in cooperation with CCRI's Motorcycle Education Program, is a web-based survey of new Rhode Island motorcyclists. The goal of the survey is to identify what things have the biggest effect on motorcyclists' safety choices (e.g. beliefs about social acceptability of helmet use; beliefs about consequences of not using safety equipment; etc.). This survey was completed by approximately 500 Rhode Island motorcyclists this spring. Analysis of results is ongoing, but is expected to inform future motorcycle safety education programs.

The second project, supported by a grant from the Department of Emergency Medicine, specifically examines ways to increase motorcycle helmet use. As Rhode Island is one of 27 states with a "partial" helmet law, non-legislative strategies are essential to increase helmet use by motorcyclists in this state. This project studies whether the technique of "brief motivational interventions" can result in increased helmet use by injured motorcyclists after a crash. Brief motivational interventions have been shown to be effective in helping people to stop smoking, decrease risky drinking, and wear seatbelts. Recruitment for this study is ongoing.

For questions regarding the motorcycle studies, please contact the principal investigator, Megan Ranney, MD at 401-444-2557.