Motorcycle safety isn't just the car'...

Motorcycle safety isn't just the car's obligation -

There are 2 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 9, 2007, titled Motorcycle safety isn't just the car's obligation -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Motorcycles have a way of grabbing one's attention and leaving vivid images behind.

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Perryville, MD

#1 Jul 27, 2007
I have been ridding for 13 years and have heard both sides of the issue all along. In that time I have yet to hear one good reason why helmets should not be required. When they happen they are called accidents for a reason. It's not something that's planned so the responsible thing to do is to plan for if and when they do happen. I bet that if any one opposing this law lost a family member that could have been saved simply by having worn a helmet they would change their tune on the matter. If it's something that would only affect the individual on the bike then I could see some weight to the argument. Unfortunately that's not the case. Too many other family members suffer because of that individual's need to have the freedom of not wearing a helmet. This is about as stupid as going sky diving and picking your parachute from a pile of packs knowing that one or more in the pile do not have a parachute inside.

As for the issue with drinking and ridding your bike, that's just plain stupidity and those individuals have no business arguing about having to put on a helmet. They are the ones that need it the most to protect the little bit of brains the do have left. I have had my moments where I rode my bike like a moron and had anything happened to me I would have no one to blame but my self. Having said that, riders need to hold them selves accountable for their own actions and not look for other people to lookout for them. Others should be more cautious than the currently are and they should be more respectful of bikes on the road. The sad reality is that between cell phones, cigarettes, music, eating and everything else under the sun, people are not going to do this to the level they should. With that in mind, it is up to us to be more cautious and look out for each other.

If this does not apply to you then don't get offended. I know that not everyone rides like an idiot and argues the safety laws. I just hope the rest come around and practice more safety.

To all riders out there, have a good rest of the season, be safe and if you know one, take a squid under your wing. You may save his/her life.
Bob Markham

Sunbury, OH

#2 Aug 19, 2007
Your argument against helmets is specious at best and a lie at worst.

This BS about the society cost are just not true. Every one of those items are covered by insurance. I have been is only one bac accident in my life, but I know of several other and at no time was ANY portion of the bill paid by the state.

People do dangerous things, including riding motorcycles without a helmet. I would never do that but it is not, repeat NOT the state's business.

To attempt to tie stupid drivers, both motorcycle and automobile, to the question wearing a helmet is just plain stupid. The issues pointed to in the ABATE ad are acurate and on point but your response has noting to do with that.

I am sure you and your ilk think they are doing "Good" for the betterment of society, but who ask you or really gives a la-dee-da about your opinion.

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