In mourning, White Bear Lake mom pushes for helmet law

Jun 7, 2012 Full story: Star Tribune 165

Brittany Larson wanted to feel the wind in her long hair as she rode her motorcycle rather than stuffing it under a helmet.

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digger

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 8, 2012
Inge Black needs to mind her own business and bury her daughter. So her daughter thought it was cool to ride a motorcycle on an urban freeway wearing FLIP-FLOPS, eh?

Brittany was a young, and probably inexperienced rider, so she should have been wearing a helmet, even if the law didn't require her to. Then, after she crashed, she got run over by an SUV, so I doubt that a helmet would have done much good.

It's simply amazing how, every year, we have people who have absolutely NO CLUE about motorcycle riding to come out and demand that we change our helmet laws. The next thing you know, they will demand that we wear "Ironman" suits.

Unfortunately, when drivers operating 4-wheeled vehicles pull out in front of, rear-end, or crash head on into motorcycles, those drivers are RARELY charged with ANYTHING by the police or prosecutors.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Lincoln, NE

#2 Jun 8, 2012
Didn't she crash into a flying piece of retread and then get run over by a SUV? What would the helmet have done?
Chopper Dan

United States

#3 Jun 8, 2012
What she should be doing is asking why trucks are still doing using recap tires, i had one come apart in front of me and it took out my windshield and damage the front of my car, this is caused by under inflation, you will never see a driver with a tire gauge checking his trailer tires, as long as they have some air they donít give a shet. You see the remains of recap tires all over the interstate hi ways, this wasnít a freak accident it happens all over the country, especially out west where the temps are higher.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#4 Jun 8, 2012
digger wrote:
The next thing you know, they will demand that we wear "Ironman" suits.
Oh no. That is not the nanny state way. If there hasn't already, there will eventually be a call to either build special lanes for motorcycles or just ban them altogether.
mn law

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jun 8, 2012
yes, here is a visual:

you pull up to a stop light in your car -

motorcycle pulls up next to you - no helmet, no shirt, shorts and flip flops.

you in your car - not wearing your seat belt, you get a ticket ?

TIME TO CHANGE THE LAW - LET GOVT TELL US ALL HOW TO LIVE OUR LIVES.

This state need to stay out of people lives, if smoking and drinking is SOOO bad just ban it, oh that's righ the billions of $ this state gets from the the people of MN is way to high !
digger wrote:
Inge Black needs to mind her own business and bury her daughter. So her daughter thought it was cool to ride a motorcycle on an urban freeway wearing FLIP-FLOPS, eh?
Brittany was a young, and probably inexperienced rider, so she should have been wearing a helmet, even if the law didn't require her to. Then, after she crashed, she got run over by an SUV, so I doubt that a helmet would have done much good.
It's simply amazing how, every year, we have people who have absolutely NO CLUE about motorcycle riding to come out and demand that we change our helmet laws. The next thing you know, they will demand that we wear "Ironman" suits.
Unfortunately, when drivers operating 4-wheeled vehicles pull out in front of, rear-end, or crash head on into motorcycles, those drivers are RARELY charged with ANYTHING by the police or prosecutors.
CRASSUS

Oconto, WI

#6 Jun 8, 2012
She should have been warned by the NFL that not wearing a helmet can cause long term head injury.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#7 Jun 8, 2012
"Mom" is on the issue!

The Nanny State is there for "Mom"

"Mom" now dominates the Government Schools, the Courts, and about 70% of the Positions in the non-elected bureaucracies of Amerika.

If Suzie misses a stop sign and is broadsided, install traffic signals becausae Suzie was a Victim.

If Johnny plays "chicken" by running in front of cars on a hihway and loses, install a million dollar walking bridge.

If a Victim is Blind, install "Beeping" crosswalks on highways in the middle of nowhere.

If a Child is Retarded, "mainstream" her with other children in the Government School and bring the normal functioning children "down" to the level of the retarded child.

Why does this happen?

Mommy and her Feminist Politics have gained pre-eminence in our defective culture via the use and abuses of the best weapon in the Feminists Toy Box.......Political Correctness.
Solve for X

Boise, ID

#8 Jun 8, 2012
Ms Black should maybe take comfort that her daughter may well have thumped her head and been unconscious when hit by the SUV, rather than spending her last seconds in abject terror.

JTY

Since: Sep 08

Lincoln, NE

#9 Jun 8, 2012
Consistent wrote:
"Mom" is on the issue!
The Nanny State is there for "Mom"
"Mom" now dominates the Government Schools, the Courts, and about 70% of the Positions in the non-elected bureaucracies of Amerika.
If Suzie misses a stop sign and is broadsided, install traffic signals becausae Suzie was a Victim.
If Johnny plays "chicken" by running in front of cars on a hihway and loses, install a million dollar walking bridge.
If a Victim is Blind, install "Beeping" crosswalks on highways in the middle of nowhere.
If a Child is Retarded, "mainstream" her with other children in the Government School and bring the normal functioning children "down" to the level of the retarded child.
Why does this happen?
Mommy and her Feminist Politics have gained pre-eminence in our defective culture via the use and abuses of the best weapon in the Feminists Toy Box.......Political Correctness.
Or maybe she is in the stage of grief where she is trying to find meaning in her daughter's death? The real problem is the Star's reporting on this. Why don't they mention that wearing the helmet would not have saved her life?
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#10 Jun 8, 2012
JTY wrote:
<quoted text>
Or maybe she is in the stage of grief where she is trying to find meaning in her daughter's death? The real problem is the Star's reporting on this. Why don't they mention that wearing the helmet would not have saved her life?
The problem is we all face grief at sometime in life....it is called "Living"...and it is hard sometimes.
Pushing for ANY Law to comfort anyones grief is the epitome of stupidity when considering restrictions (laws) on a Free People.
The greatest aspect of a womans nature (Typical woman there Feminists, not your cadre of Lesbians and Sexualy un-attractive Hetros) is the kindness and compassion that yer typical male lacks.......The worst thing about Women in postions of authority to make Law is "the kindness and compassion" that overides the well thought out consequences of the f'ed up Laws.
This is why we got so off track on what it means to be Responsible and Free....we all needed to be more "feeling" and to many Laws now attempt to control based on the "feeling" someone may "feel".
Solve for X

Boise, ID

#11 Jun 8, 2012
Life is Hard.
Three out of Three People Die.
Deal with it.
Seattle Slew

Seattle, WA

#12 Jun 8, 2012
Consistent wrote:
<quoted text>
The problem is we all face grief at sometime in life....it is called "Living"...and it is hard sometimes.
"DRINKING" in your case...
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jun 8, 2012
You should have heard Esme Murphy's rant on wcco radio this am. She's never riden a motorcycle, but boy is she an expert on what is right and wrong about an issue like THIS. Every caller who said to leave the state's helmet law like it is was completely dismissed, berated, and cut off.

Esme doesn't even know how to pay the role of "devil's advocate" very well.

Man, would I hate to live under the same roof has her.
Consistent

Grantsburg, WI

#14 Jun 8, 2012
digger wrote:
You should have heard Esme Murphy's rant on wcco radio this am. She's never riden a motorcycle, but boy is she an expert on what is right and wrong about an issue like THIS. Every caller who said to leave the state's helmet law like it is was completely dismissed, berated, and cut off.
Esme doesn't even know how to pay the role of "devil's advocate" very well.
Man, would I hate to live under the same roof has her.
Think Woodticks Wife.

It will explain his behavior.
CRASSUS

Oconto, WI

#16 Jun 8, 2012
Consistent wrote:
<quoted text>
Think Woodticks Wife.
It will explain his behavior.
Woodticks wife wears the pants in that family. And the strap-on.
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jun 8, 2012
Consistent wrote:
<quoted text>
Think Woodticks Wife.
It will explain his behavior.
Maybe Esme IS his wife. YIKES!!

Since: Jun 09

Lincoln, NE

#18 Jun 8, 2012
Were it that we all crashed at 10 mph or less, this may be a valid argument, as helmets haven't been proven to reduce injury above that speed. I wear mine, but that's my own choice. There have also been cases where helmet use has actually killed the person, ie the gentleman a couple of years back near Afton who was decapitated when his helmet caught his head in a tree, or sometimes when the helmet bouncing off the pavement has severed the spinal cord.

So now the DFL thinks that making riders pay more will fix it (Yes, Redeemer and Slew, this is a DFL sponsored bill, I looked it up). Put more restrictions on riders to preserve some 19-year-old snot's right to text "OMG!" to her friend instead of paying attention to the road. Makes sense, right?
CRASSUS

Oconto, WI

#19 Jun 8, 2012
digger wrote:
Inge Black needs to mind her own business and bury her daughter. So her daughter thought it was cool to ride a motorcycle on an urban freeway wearing FLIP-FLOPS, eh?
Brittany was a young, and probably inexperienced rider, so she should have been wearing a helmet, even if the law didn't require her to. Then, after she crashed, she got run over by an SUV, so I doubt that a helmet would have done much good.
It's simply amazing how, every year, we have people who have absolutely NO CLUE about motorcycle riding to come out and demand that we change our helmet laws. The next thing you know, they will demand that we wear "Ironman" suits.
Unfortunately, when drivers operating 4-wheeled vehicles pull out in front of, rear-end, or crash head on into motorcycles, those drivers are RARELY charged with ANYTHING by the police or prosecutors.
She was also texting while riding the scooter. That's why she didn't see the rubber.
digger

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jun 8, 2012
The Real Whatever wrote:
Were it that we all crashed at 10 mph or less, this may be a valid argument, as helmets haven't been proven to reduce injury above that speed. I wear mine, but that's my own choice. There have also been cases where helmet use has actually killed the person, ie the gentleman a couple of years back near Afton who was decapitated when his helmet caught his head in a tree, or sometimes when the helmet bouncing off the pavement has severed the spinal cord.
So now the DFL thinks that making riders pay more will fix it (Yes, Redeemer and Slew, this is a DFL sponsored bill, I looked it up). Put more restrictions on riders to preserve some 19-year-old snot's right to text "OMG!" to her friend instead of paying attention to the road. Makes sense, right?
I was in a crash about 15 years ago. Got rear ended at a RED stoplight by some jerk. Had no helmet on. I was sent flying thru the air, but somehow didn't hit my head on the pavement. I was told that if I had had a HEAVY helmet on, I would have suffered a serious, if not severe, whiplash injury with the additional weight on my head. The only injury I sustained was a banged up knee.

The guy who rear ended me? Didn't even get a ticket.

Since: Jun 09

Lincoln, NE

#21 Jun 8, 2012
digger wrote:
<quoted text>
I was in a crash about 15 years ago. Got rear ended at a RED stoplight by some jerk. Had no helmet on. I was sent flying thru the air, but somehow didn't hit my head on the pavement. I was told that if I had had a HEAVY helmet on, I would have suffered a serious, if not severe, whiplash injury with the additional weight on my head. The only injury I sustained was a banged up knee.
The guy who rear ended me? Didn't even get a ticket.
I also notice when wearing a helmet when it's really windy actually causes my neck to get very sore, and also because it's continually moving my head, the bike also drifts in the lane. One time last year I actually took it off and found suddenly the bike was tracking just fine, because my head wasn't being whipped around like a rag doll. The bike goes wherever your eyes go. They're not the answer to everything.

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