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Donald Trump has Announced to Ease Controls on Export of Armed Drones

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US President Donald Trump has taken a big move and he has announced to ease controls on the export of armed drones to other countries. This decision of the White House separates itself a little bit from the guidelines of the 1987 Missile Technology Control Regime.

According to MTCR, the participated 35 countries cannot allow the sale of unmanned weapon delivery systems. Hence, Trump’s decision to allow the export of armed drones goes against it. If we talk about the motive of this new decision then it is taken by the US president in order to allow the US allies to make use of US technology to counter other countries.

Moreover, it is declared to stop countries outside of a non-proliferation pact from dominating the market. This new decision by Donald Trump will lead to the reclassification of armed drones from the technology which is restricted to export to different countries.

The MTCR was introduced in order to control the spread of missiles that are capable of delivering large payloads such as nuclear weapons. And armed drones were also included in it. But the new announcement will allow the export of armed drones.

However, only drones with less than 800 Kms per hour will be considered in this category. Arms control advocates have not supported this move from Donald Trump. According to them, this decision of selling the US advanced drones may result in the escalation of the global arms race. Senator Bob Menendez has blamed the Trump administration for weakening international export controls related to the export of lethal drones.

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American Motorcycle Helmet Laws

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In 2018, over 8 million on-road motorcycles were registered in the United States, nearly double the number registered in 2002. While motorcycles may have several advantages when compared to conventional automobiles, they have notable drawbacks as well. This includes an increased risk of a severe injury or fatality whenever an accident occurs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NH nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in fatal accidents in 2018. In addition to other safety measures, being aware of helmet laws across the United States may help prevent the likelihood of a fatal motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), 47 states and the District of Columbia have some laws regarding the use of helmets while riding a motorcycle. Only 3 states, Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire, do not have laws requiring helmets while operating motorcycles.

bikes Many states that enact universal helmet laws require that motorcycle operators wear a helmet at all times while riding their vehicle. Some places that have universal helmet laws include California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Alternatively, other states require helmet laws up until a specific age or requirement is met. An example of an age-restrictive law includes South Carolina, where helmets are required for riders under the age of 21. Other states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky, have laws mandating a specific amount of experience in addition to age requirements before a motorcyclist may ride without a helmet.

The Benefits of Helmets While Riding

“Helmets could greatly reduce the severity of an injury or likelihood of a fatality occurring in the case of a motorcycle accident,” said Attorney Jim Hurley of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. “In some cases, a helmet can be the difference between minor injuries and death.”

According to NHTSA data, individuals operating a motorcycle without a helmet are around 3 times more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the event of an accident when compared to those who drive with a helmet. Additionally, unhelmeted riders are nearly 40 percent more likely to die in a motorcycle accident.

Similarly, a study released by the National Trauma Data Bank found that wearing a motorcycle helmet reduces the severity of an injury, the likelihood of a fatality occurring, and could even decrease the amount of medical treatment required. Over the course of seven years, the National trauma Data Bank found that helmet use may have saved as much as $32.5 million total in intensive care unit costs, translating into nearly $1,800 per patient.

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