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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Stetson Knipp

Roundup, MT

#21 Mar 31, 2009
You know im 17 years old from a small town in montana and i agree with this law 110%. i lost my best friend because he wrecked on his streetbike on a wet corner he didnt have a helmet on and died instantly when his head slammed into the pavment and bounced into the gaurdrail he went under. There are alot of people in this small town that live diffrent lives just becosue of this wreck he was a good friend to eveyone and is dearly missed if only he would have had his helmet on there would at least be the chance that i could still talk to him today. A helmet is the a seat belt for a car ya nobody thinks there cool or comfortable or they dont have the time to put one on but it should be mandatory because seatbelts are and they save lives so do helmets they dont give you the choice to wear a seatbelt why make it diffrent for helmets.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#22 Mar 31, 2009
Stetson Knipp wrote:
You know im 17 years old from a small town in montana and i agree with this law 110%. i lost my best friend because he wrecked on his streetbike on a wet corner he didnt have a helmet on and died instantly when his head slammed into the pavment and bounced into the gaurdrail he went under. There are alot of people in this small town that live diffrent lives just becosue of this wreck he was a good friend to eveyone and is dearly missed if only he would have had his helmet on there would at least be the chance that i could still talk to him today. A helmet is the a seat belt for a car ya nobody thinks there cool or comfortable or they dont have the time to put one on but it should be mandatory because seatbelts are and they save lives so do helmets they dont give you the choice to wear a seatbelt why make it diffrent for helmets.
This is a great post friend~ BLESS you for sharing the lessons learned from your dear friends death~
SO sorry for your loss "Stetson".
deb~
mike

Winona, MN

#23 May 19, 2010
i think you all should ride your bike in the snow it would be reall funny when you chrash

“Living Life One Ride at a Time”

Since: Oct 07

Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia

#24 May 19, 2010
Truths, it's difficult to argue with the real life tragedies that you reference. You will find no argument from me that wearing a proper fitting, approved helmet can save your life and reduce serious injury. I choose to wear a helmet, even when riding in areas where helmets are not legislated. I do so as a matter of choice and I don't personally feel that freedom of choice is negotiable. Let the Government take your choice away in any aspect and before long you will not have the freedom of choice for anything. Riding motorcycles is dangerous, plain and simple. I've been riding for 43 years and logged over a half million miles on motorcycles without a serious accident. That doesn't mean that tomorrow when I ride out that I will make it home alive.

Fatal head injuries can occur from a simple fall from a standing position, a slip in the shower, or an unfortunate dive into a watering hole. Would you subscribe to Government Legislation mandating all persons, standing, walking, showering or swimming, wear a safety helmet? I would hazard a guess that there are more fatalities from the incidents I mentioned than there are from motorcycles in any given year.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#25 May 20, 2010
Night Train wrote:
Truths, it's difficult to argue with the real life tragedies that you reference. You will find no argument from me that wearing a proper fitting, approved helmet can save your life and reduce serious injury. I choose to wear a helmet, even when riding in areas where helmets are not legislated. I do so as a matter of choice and I don't personally feel that freedom of choice is negotiable. Let the Government take your choice away in any aspect and before long you will not have the freedom of choice for anything. Riding motorcycles is dangerous, plain and simple. I've been riding for 43 years and logged over a half million miles on motorcycles without a serious accident. That doesn't mean that tomorrow when I ride out that I will make it home alive.
Fatal head injuries can occur from a simple fall from a standing position, a slip in the shower, or an unfortunate dive into a watering hole. Would you subscribe to Government Legislation mandating all persons, standing, walking, showering or swimming, wear a safety helmet? I would hazard a guess that there are more fatalities from the incidents I mentioned than there are from motorcycles in any given year.
Interesting perspective~

Living IS quite dangerous~ and in the end...no matter how restricted or protected we are...we all are going to die~~

Most home accidents don't have you moving at 1 to 70 miles per hour~ or a heavy bike shoving you with its weigth to the curb~

My brother in law is 20 months past his accident and has never came back to being 'him'. He is on mood medicines due to outbursts and anxiety~ and barely remembers YET, that he really IS married to is wife. All those years of a very close relationship~ reduced to fear and depresion for both of them.

“Living Life One Ride at a Time”

Since: Oct 07

Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia

#26 May 21, 2010
Truths wrote:
<quoted text>
Interesting perspective~
Living IS quite dangerous~ and in the end...no matter how restricted or protected we are...we all are going to die~~
Most home accidents don't have you moving at 1 to 70 miles per hour~ or a heavy bike shoving you with its weigth to the curb~
My brother in law is 20 months past his accident and has never came back to being 'him'. He is on mood medicines due to outbursts and anxiety~ and barely remembers YET, that he really IS married to is wife. All those years of a very close relationship~ reduced to fear and depresion for both of them.
This is definitely a sad and unfortunate situation for all concerned. It doesn't sway my view on Legislated Helmet use but does reinforce what I have proclaimed for years. Training and education are the keys to motorcycle safety and not Legislation. Legislation is the cheapest, and least effective means of addressing the problem. The more real life situations we hear about as relayed by Truths, the more it impacts riders who don't wear helmets, and reinforces the mindset for those that do. Examples of the effects on the lives of individuals and loved ones from not wearing helmets or other related safety gear should be included and stressed in public service announcements and motorcycle training programs. I would prefer all riders wear helmets but not because the law says so but because each has chosen to of their own accord.

Given the circumstances that life has dealt you and your family Truths, I can fully understand your view on mandatory helmet legislation. My opposition to the legislation is by no means meant to diminish the seriousness or importance of your message.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#27 May 21, 2010
Night Train wrote:
<quoted text>This is definitely a sad and unfortunate situation for all concerned. It doesn't sway my view on Legislated Helmet use but does reinforce what I have proclaimed for years. Training and education are the keys to motorcycle safety and not Legislation. Legislation is the cheapest, and least effective means of addressing the problem. The more real life situations we hear about as relayed by Truths, the more it impacts riders who don't wear helmets, and reinforces the mindset for those that do. Examples of the effects on the lives of individuals and loved ones from not wearing helmets or other related safety gear should be included and stressed in public service announcements and motorcycle training programs. I would prefer all riders wear helmets but not because the law says so but because each has chosen to of their own accord.
Given the circumstances that life has dealt you and your family Truths, I can fully understand your view on mandatory helmet legislation. My opposition to the legislation is by no means meant to diminish the seriousness or importance of your message.
(((((NightTrain))))) Your heart and your honor show with in your posts friend~ IN no way would I think that you were diminishing seriousnes of situations~
If people were all mature enough to know that harmful outcomes can happen to all of us~ legislation would not be pushed on us. It is the ones that think NOTHING will happen to ME...that make government involvement a "partial" solution~ Not only with helmet laws ...but many many things.

Too bad they can NOT make CHEATING the people and robbong OUR money illegal <c; *wink*
Sarah

Rochester, NY

#28 May 31, 2010
I have been a female rider for 5 years. I have parents that live in PA where there is no helmet law and I live in NY where they are required. I agree somewhat with the helmet laws, but if you do your research helmets will only save a life up to a certain mph. After a certain point, it doesn't matter. So in my opinion; if you've been riding for 1 month or 100 years, I think that helmets should be the choice of the rider, not the government.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#29 Jun 1, 2010
Sarah wrote:
I have been a female rider for 5 years. I have parents that live in PA where there is no helmet law and I live in NY where they are required. I agree somewhat with the helmet laws, but if you do your research helmets will only save a life up to a certain mph. After a certain point, it doesn't matter. So in my opinion; if you've been riding for 1 month or 100 years, I think that helmets should be the choice of the rider, not the government.
Hi Sarah ~

Medina is the town shown~ thats near my old neck of the woods~

Any hit to the head is harmful to some level~ BUT helmets protect to a MAJOR degree~
daved

Muskegon, MI

#30 Jun 10, 2010
I began my riding life in a state with no helmet laws. I have been riding safely for 40 years.
My in$urance, My bike, My choice.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#31 Jun 11, 2010
daved wrote:
I began my riding life in a state with no helmet laws. I have been riding safely for 40 years.
My in$urance, My bike, My choice.
and may God continue to bless you with safety~
and may ALL of your choices benefit your loved ones too.

Deb~
HD883xl

Davis, CA

#32 Jun 14, 2010
If the government is going force you to wear a helmet, they might as well make motorcycling illegal. For the act of riding is dangerous.
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, but not wearing a helmet was the choice he made and a risk he took. We all take that risk when we get on our bikes.
Government is here to protect us from others, not to protect us from ourselves.

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#33 Jun 14, 2010
HD883xl wrote:
If the government is going force you to wear a helmet, they might as well make motorcycling illegal. For the act of riding is dangerous.
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, but not wearing a helmet was the choice he made and a risk he took. We all take that risk when we get on our bikes.
Government is here to protect us from others, not to protect us from ourselves.
You make good points~
This past weekend~... 5 different riders died in 5 seperate accidents with in NY state and northern PA~

THAT was with helmets~
lee f cappis

Portsmouth, VA

#34 Sep 8, 2010
ive been riding since 1973, i think helmets should be an adult decision. 18yr down required. 19yrs up adult decision. seat belts should be the same.. my wife and i have discuss this iss ue and she knows that i wear it for her and the kids.....

“John 3:seventeen”

Since: Feb 07

God BELIEVES in YOU~

#35 Sep 8, 2010
I don't know if you have read some of the posts~ so I will tell you about a family friend who was not wearing one while going through Ohio~
He was only doing about 5 miles an hour through town and fell sideways and hit his head on the curb~ He died two days later~
2 weeks later my brother in law (The dead mans best friend and fellow travelr in Ohio... dumped on gravel and went into the ditch wearing a half helmet.. that was two yrs ago this month...and tho he should have died from the head injury...he lived and is only 50 % himself and went from being the nicest guy in the family to a nervous hostile man~
Debbie

Saint Robert, MO

#36 Sep 20, 2010
I agree we should have the choice as riders to wear or not wear a helmet. If you wreck, chances are the outcome will be the same with or without a helmet. I think we need better education for the automobile drivers not the motorcyclists. The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by automobile drivers who claim they didnt see us, even with all our reflective gear and helmets or individuals talking on cell phones and not paying attention when they change lanes or pull out in front of us. If the government really wants to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents, then educate the general public who just dont pay attention to us on the road.
alex monaco

Pittsburgh, PA

#37 Aug 13, 2011
I live in Europe and where I live it is mandatory to wear helmets on motorcycles of all types. We both agree on the fact that helmets are helpful. I also agree on the isssue "education-not legislation". The point is, if one understands the efficacy of a helmet why wouldn't wear it? People should be "re-educated" from the beginning in order to have a just effect on this or other issues. In a way this is bizarre no more no less than the three different ages 16/18/21 when it comes to drive,vote or drink.
Anyway, I do not like government imposition but there are things we should all see as beneficiary to us, no matter whose decision is.

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#38 Aug 16, 2011
Here in Maryland they looked at the motorcycle accidents before and after making a mandatory helmet law.
The death rate per motorcycle accident increased after they made helmets mandatory. Not a lot, but it increased, not decreased.

Helmet laws are not effective.

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