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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 89 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 19, 2011, titled Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

More Ohioans died in motorcycle crashes last year, even though fatalities declined nationally for the second straight year.

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Erin

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 19, 2011
I wish it were mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Its almost like your seat belt, I know it does not do the same thing, but it CAN save your life! I never get it when I see people on motorcycles not wearing a helmet. It is SOOO ridiculous! Your body is just out there, and anything can happen. Senseless. NEEDS to be a law.
talker

Mount Gilead, OH

#2 Apr 19, 2011
"Ride fast , die young , leave a good looking corps . " James Dean .
These People Aint Right

Columbus, OH

#3 Apr 19, 2011
If it's a rule in the state then it's a law re: it was in the state code and a rider could be cited for it. This is NOT something Kasich can take credit for. It already existed. Also helmet use is mandatory during the first year of a rider's motorcycle endorsement. I wish the reporter would have clarified that.
Native Alien

Middlesboro, KY

#4 Apr 19, 2011
Erin wrote:
I wish it were mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Its almost like your seat belt, I know it does not do the same thing, but it CAN save your life! I never get it when I see people on motorcycles not wearing a helmet. It is SOOO ridiculous! Your body is just out there, and anything can happen. Senseless. NEEDS to be a law.
Wearing a helmet also impedes your hearing and vision. Try driving a car with one on. Not to mention that while the helmet might protect the head, it does nothing to protect the neck or the rest of the body. Just once I would like to see a report that does tell the number of deaths based on the injuries sustained during a crash.

Stricter and stiffer penalties for drivers of other motor vehicles that are involved in motorcycle crashes would also help I believe. When you have people causing the death of another motorist the penalties are much more severe than when that same driver has a incident,( in most cases) with a motorcycle.
LOL

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 19, 2011
Erin wrote:
I wish it were mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Its almost like your seat belt, I know it does not do the same thing, but it CAN save your life! I never get it when I see people on motorcycles not wearing a helmet. It is SOOO ridiculous! Your body is just out there, and anything can happen. Senseless. NEEDS to be a law.
Does that mean people who ride in a Convertible with the top down should wear a helmet to?
Pete

Sugar Grove, OH

#6 Apr 19, 2011
Erin wrote:
I wish it were mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets. Its almost like your seat belt, I know it does not do the same thing, but it CAN save your life! I never get it when I see people on motorcycles not wearing a helmet. It is SOOO ridiculous! Your body is just out there, and anything can happen. Senseless. NEEDS to be a law.
Leave us alone. If you want to wear a helmet you can.
But leave us alone.
Libertarian

New York, NY

#7 Apr 19, 2011
As a rider, I'd like to see these statistics put in perspective - show the number of motorcyclist against the number of deaths - get a "per capita" perspective - to see if it's rising or falling. Also, while they mention the 60% of deaths are only involving the biker - I'd like to know how many were because of excessive speed or alcohol impairment. I think a few stupid bikers give a lot of us, who do keep our bikes under control, who don't drink excessively and drive, a black eye - guilt by association. I'd also like to know on the 40% that do involve other vehicles, how many of those were the fault of the biker and how many were the fault of the driver of the other vehicle - I've had many close calls with cars pulling out right in front of me - and that story will be consistent with ANY biker out there.

A few REAL statistics to put this story in perspective might lead the reader to an entirely different conclusion - maybe we need better DRIVER training to recognize motorcycles on our streets - and with the price of gas going up, you can bet we'll be riding our bikes as much as possible versus driving - so it's not like the numbers are going to decrease...
Ditto

Columbus, OH

#8 Apr 19, 2011
Thanks Native Alien...I have ridden a motorcycle for 30+ years. I have NEVER worn a helmet and I have NEVER been in a wreck, except when some girl was texting and side swiped me on the freeway 2 years ago...I did not go down in that one either. I have a ton of experience and the times i feel most vulnerable to someone hitting me is when i am forced to wear a helmet or when i have had quiet pipes on my bike. I have someone pull out in front of me everyday but because i can see and hear i can avoid a crash. I expect it...do you know it is illegal to wear a helmet while driving a car? Why? Because it impairs your vision and hearing...helmets are dangerous, of course if i was planning on crashing i'd want a helmet but i believe in preparing myself to avoid a crash rather than preparing myself to be in one. They also have been known to cause neck injuries because of the weight...
Ryder

United States

#9 Apr 19, 2011
When every weekend the sun shines hundreds of bikes barhop across the state you are going to get skilled riders doing stupid things.
Erin

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 19, 2011
Native Alien wrote:
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Wearing a helmet also impedes your hearing and vision. Try driving a car with one on. Not to mention that while the helmet might protect the head, it does nothing to protect the neck or the rest of the body. Just once I would like to see a report that does tell the number of deaths based on the injuries sustained during a crash.
Stricter and stiffer penalties for drivers of other motor vehicles that are involved in motorcycle crashes would also help I believe. When you have people causing the death of another motorist the penalties are much more severe than when that same driver has a incident,( in most cases) with a motorcycle.
They do make helmets that make it easier to hear and see. I agree with you about having stricter penalties! Motorists should be taught more about sharing the road with a motorcyclist. I see SO MANY people driving way too close to motorcyclist, right on their rear. I try and give them a lot of space. My uncle was killed in a motorcycle accident years ago, had he been wearing a helmet he probably would have lived.
Rightous Ric

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 19, 2011
A helmet just makes you look good in a box. Ride safe, stay out of blind spots, and never ASSume the idot at the stop sign is not going to pull out in front of you. It drives me crazy when drivers start rolling from a stop sign before you pass them. If the tires are moving their not stopping.I also hate the excuse that they never saw you. If you cant see a motorcycle you cant see a kid! Ohio is also a state where you even if you have never riden a motorcycle you can take a written test and then buy a motor cycle and go out on the street and learn how to crash before you take the riders test.
CAR

Moline, IL

#12 Apr 19, 2011
Start seeing cars.
Erin

Columbus, OH

#13 Apr 19, 2011
LOL wrote:
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Does that mean people who ride in a Convertible with the top down should wear a helmet to?
Actually, it would make more sense if they just had their seatbelt on. There is nothing that can keep your body on a motorcycle, like a seatbelt.
Erin

Columbus, OH

#14 Apr 19, 2011
Also, It is SO easy to get your motorcycle license. There are a lot of amateurs out there who get their motorcycle license and all they do is rally around and do stupid things. I feel for the experienced and smart motorcyclists. Cars need to be more cautious.
Moe Feene

New York, NY

#15 Apr 19, 2011
CAR wrote:
Start seeing cars.
Oh I see them, as I'm avoiding them as they turn left just as I'm approaching the intersection.
WHITEY

Moline, IL

#16 Apr 19, 2011
Erin wrote:
Also, It is SO easy to get your motorcycle license. There are a lot of amateurs out there who get their motorcycle license and all they do is rally around and do stupid things. I feel for the experienced and smart motorcyclists. Cars need to be more cautious.
Real BIKERS dont have a license.Let those who ride, decide.
DMorr

United States

#17 Apr 19, 2011
talker wrote:
"Ride fast , die young , leave a good looking corps . " James Dean .
try corpse & Dean is dead
Huh

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 19, 2011
Native Alien wrote:
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Wearing a helmet also impedes your hearing and vision. Try driving a car with one on. Not to mention that while the helmet might protect the head, it does nothing to protect the neck or the rest of the body. Just once I would like to see a report that does tell the number of deaths based on the injuries sustained during a crash.
Stricter and stiffer penalties for drivers of other motor vehicles that are involved in motorcycle crashes would also help I believe. When you have people causing the death of another motorist the penalties are much more severe than when that same driver has a incident,( in most cases) with a motorcycle.
Huh? Been wearing helmets for over 30 years It has never impeded anything except my death
DMorr

United States

#19 Apr 19, 2011
Native Alien wrote:
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Wearing a helmet also impedes your hearing and vision. Try driving a car with one on. Not to mention that while the helmet might protect the head, it does nothing to protect the neck or the rest of the body. Just once I would like to see a report that does tell the number of deaths based on the injuries sustained during a crash.
Stricter and stiffer penalties for drivers of other motor vehicles that are involved in motorcycle crashes would also help I believe. When you have people causing the death of another motorist the penalties are much more severe than when that same driver has a incident,( in most cases) with a motorcycle.
Not logical - a helmet does not impair vision or hearing - have ridden and worn a helmet for decades. Even in a slow speed accident no helmet equals a serious or fatal head injury.
DMorr

United States

#20 Apr 19, 2011
WHITEY wrote:
<quoted text>Real BIKERS dont have a license.Let those who ride, decide.
AMAZING!!

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