Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law?

Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law?

There are 38 comments on the NBC 33 News story from Sep 13, 2007, titled Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law?. In it, NBC 33 News reports that:

The National Transportation Safety Board unanimously voted this week to recommend that all 50 states enact a mandatory helmet law for motorcycles if one is not already in place. via NBC 33 News

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Charles

Puyallup, WA

#1 Sep 16, 2007
Excellent Idea
Michael Weaver

Live Oak, FL

#2 Sep 29, 2007
I think it should be a riders choice. The gobernment is just getting into everything, How about letting the rifers decide once in a while.

“Living Life One Ride at a Time”

Since: Oct 07

Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia

#3 Oct 20, 2007
Charles wrote:
Excellent Idea
Education not Legislation is the answer and Let Those that Ride Decide. These are the two points I have made on this subject for the past 40 years and will continue for the next 40.
Bristow

Oxbow, OR

#4 Nov 9, 2007
I absolutely agree! So many accidents can be avoided, but when it is unavoidable, it is nice and comforting to know that you have done everything you can to be safe. Making it mandatory will help create more safety issues surrounding motorcycling. For more safety issues see: http://www.used-car-resource.com/...
Polar Bear Pcola Florida

Pensacola, FL

#5 Mar 30, 2008
I pay for my own insurance. Stay out of my life, it's my decision. That's been my opinion for 45 years of riding!
hellrider

Yuma, AZ

#6 Apr 12, 2008
i have a friend whoo had a helmet on when he was hit buy a car. the helmet broke his neck and now he is paralized more or less from the neck down.he can move one arm well enuf to write. "scrible short senatces".if there wasnt a stupid helmet law making him wear the darned helmet he would either be able to move or he would be in a better place all together. i gues what im trying to say is i am an adult and an american wich to me says we should be able to chose for ourselfs........peace
chase

Saint George, UT

#7 May 12, 2008
i like the idea and support it with all my streangth

Since: May 08

Deerfield, IL

#8 May 20, 2008
Michael Weaver wrote:
I think it should be a riders choice. The gobernment is just getting into everything, How about letting the rifers decide once in a while.
Maybe they are just thinking about the people who have to clean up after the (God forbid) accident.
Breen Peck

Englewood, CO

#9 Aug 2, 2008
Well, we might as well let the Government decide on what and where we eat also...many people die every year from obesity. Maybe they can tell us how many times a week we can eat at McDonalds!

Since: May 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Aug 5, 2008
Really, I am thrilled that there is a helmet law because of the fact that my kids HAVE to wear a helmet if they ride. One of my sons lives/has lived in states that DON'T have the helmet law and it freaks me out thinking that he may not. He has assured me that he does wear it....I hope so.
So, for my own selfish reasons, I like the law.
After crashing...I know that I will ALWAYS wear a helmet no matter what the law. My bones are going to heal, I like my skull intact.(notice I didn't say BRAIN?):o)
Rastafarian High Priest

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Aug 6, 2008
Women drivers crash everything

Since: May 08

United States

#12 Aug 6, 2008
Well I was 100% NOT at fault.
Although it was a WOMAN who hit me...probably on her cell phone....
Stephen

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Aug 7, 2008
chris1985 wrote:
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Maybe they are just thinking about the people who have to clean up after the (God forbid) accident.
I agree Chris. I just got back from Sturgis and saw 5 kids all bleeding from their heads and 1 girl and 1 guy completly unconscious and possibly dying. I was one of the first people to be on the scene and it was fing scary to be able to do nothing to help.
They would have all been better off with helmets.
The first guy fell as he hit a bunch of gravel as he turned into a bar along the road so no one was traveling very fast but they all would have had a better outcome if they had helmets on. And yes without helmets they both looked like they had broken necks.
It was frightening for everyone who was there to see the those kids so messed up.
Whether you wear a helmet or not it's not fair to your family to have to spoon feed you for the rest of your life. See you don't always have the good luck as some might think to just die. More likely you will be crippled and be a burdon on your family and friends. Get a helmet and good mirrors and give yourself a chance to do what you love. Ride until you are an old dude or dudett.
The world is a beautiful place. Why wouldn't you want to survive. 56 and still riding and having fun.
Just an old dude in love with life. See ya.

Since: May 08

Ada, MI

#14 Aug 7, 2008
Stephen wrote:
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I agree Chris. I just got back from Sturgis and saw 5 kids all bleeding from their heads and 1 girl and 1 guy completly unconscious and possibly dying. I was one of the first people to be on the scene and it was fing scary to be able to do nothing to help.
They would have all been better off with helmets.
The first guy fell as he hit a bunch of gravel as he turned into a bar along the road so no one was traveling very fast but they all would have had a better outcome if they had helmets on. And yes without helmets they both looked like they had broken necks.
It was frightening for everyone who was there to see the those kids so messed up.
Whether you wear a helmet or not it's not fair to your family to have to spoon feed you for the rest of your life. See you don't always have the good luck as some might think to just die. More likely you will be crippled and be a burdon on your family and friends. Get a helmet and good mirrors and give yourself a chance to do what you love. Ride until you are an old dude or dudett.
The world is a beautiful place. Why wouldn't you want to survive. 56 and still riding and having fun.
Just an old dude in love with life. See ya.
Horrid! It is so scary! My husband made sure that I had the best helmet and a good leather jacket (and when I ride again, I will NEVER go without a leather jacket and boots on! They saved me a lot worse "wear") but although I had multiple broken bones, all I had on my head was a bump on my forehead....when I hit the ground on my face....I KNOW that helmet saved me from worse injury. I don't even like to think of it.
I am sorry for what you had to witness...I am sure that will never leave you.
I was so very fortunate to know my "rescuers" since I live in a small town, and that made a huge difference too. God Bless you and ride safe PLEASE!
Who ever it matters to

Saint Clairsville, OH

#15 Sep 3, 2008
I say we bring the helmet wearing law in Ohio. It if possible could spare alot of people their lives. It can only help not hurt.

“Living Life One Ride at a Time”

Since: Oct 07

Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia

#16 Sep 5, 2008
There is no disputing the fact that wearing helmets can be beneficial and lifesaving in a lot of circumstances. I wear one whenever I ride. However, the wearing of the helmet or any other safety device should be the riders choice not a piece of legislation. Education is the key not legislation.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#17 Oct 2, 2008
Night Train wrote:
There is no disputing the fact that wearing helmets can be beneficial and lifesaving in a lot of circumstances. I wear one whenever I ride. However, the wearing of the helmet or any other safety device should be the riders choice not a piece of legislation. Education is the key not legislation.
A family friend who couldn't wait to ride helmetless in Ohio on his way to the Harley rally in Wisconsin in September was told just before his accident in low gear ~ "YOU will wish you were wearing a helmet WHEN your head hits the road" .... LOW gear bumped the bike in front of him...dumped, head hit the road... brain dead,unplugged two days later.
One week later the best friend who was also on the road trip... that ALWAYS wears the 1/2 helmet? Dumped his bike at normal speed on curves while trying to avoid other motorcycles coming at him on the wrong side of the road. 3 weeks in a coma, now awake and moving with some brain trauma evident as far as memories and time frame. BUT alive.
Why risk MORE than riders already do when they ride?
Seat belt and helmet laws MIGHT juuuust be the ONLY two things government GOT right. <c; *wink*



Tom Palmer

AOL

#18 Oct 19, 2008
I am for the motorcycle helmet laws. We who have been riding for years know what our bikes will and will not do. The problem with the American biker today is simple. To many new riders think Thirty thousand dollars and thiry miles make you a biker. I think the law should say anyone who has had a motorcycle license under 7 years should wear a helmet. If after 7 years you are still riding you have been there done that. Then it should be your choice, I ride with a helmet every where I go period. BUT THATS MY CHOICE.
DropZoneMom

La Crosse, WI

#19 Dec 30, 2008
FEMALE rider here, licensed and accident-free since 1992.
Gotta agree with Tom--new riders should absolutely be required to wear helmets for a certain length of time (or number of miles). But MUCH more important than helmet laws should be MANDATORY RIDER COURSES. It makes NO sense that you can walk into a license facility, walk out with a permit, and be taught to ride by your drunken second cousin. Just look at the crash stats: the vast majority happen to newer, unlicensed, or drunk riders.
But mandatory helmets? HELL, NO. It's my right to choose when, where, and IF I want to wear a helmet. I'm over 25 and VERY well insured.
PS--I don't think there should be seatbelt laws (for adults) either.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#20 Dec 31, 2008
DropZoneMom wrote:
FEMALE rider here, licensed and accident-free since 1992.
Gotta agree with Tom--new riders should absolutely be required to wear helmets for a certain length of time (or number of miles). But MUCH more important than helmet laws should be MANDATORY RIDER COURSES. It makes NO sense that you can walk into a license facility, walk out with a permit, and be taught to ride by your drunken second cousin. Just look at the crash stats: the vast majority happen to newer, unlicensed, or drunk riders.
But mandatory helmets? HELL, NO. It's my right to choose when, where, and IF I want to wear a helmet. I'm over 25 and VERY well insured.
PS--I don't think there should be seatbelt laws (for adults) either.
hm, our friend Kurt would be alive if he was wearing one in Ohio... he only "bumped" his head on a curb while riding in 1st gear... My brother in law was wearing a half helmet and has brain injury and trauma ... 4 months so far since the accident, but MANY lives have went down hill since his accident, due TO his accident.... Full helmets make sense... attitudes of "you can't tell me what to do" should end after our teen years...by then we have the capacity to discern consequences of our choices and we should mature accordingly. For the sake of OUR loved ones if not for ourselves.
Not wearing a helmet is selfish toward the people you leave behind... or the people changing your adult diaper . WORD

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