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Republicans caused the Depression  (Sep 18, 2011 | post #1)

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Crime levels are rising as well as the insane numbers of people who are driving on the roads.  (Sep 9, 2011 | post #1)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

Life insurance companies should DENY payouts to those who die without proper safety equipment.. it doesn't work the other way around. It's the Medical industry which is applying hidden and unmentioned surcharges for the $ Million dollar trauma cases. Perhaps the police should simply "finish off" those with TBA, it would be cheaper all around. They'll NEVER fully recover anyway and some will require life long medical care which, since so many of them are in their 20s, could be 30 years or longer (most with TBA won't lead a full life). Not only that, we should call motorcyclists what the Emergency Responders call them, "organ donors." At least we should make this mandatory, assuming there is anything left to donate. That could let someone live as partial recompense for someone committing unintended suicide. Better yet, let's limit engine size to 500cc and make them meet air pollution standards.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #91)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

There are two reported instances where an irate automobilist tried to hit a motorcycle where the noise of the loud exhaust was cited as the reason for it. Motorcycles are being banned in an increasing number of places. Myrtle Beach, SC is fighting a successful battle to keep motorcyclists who use to rally out of the town. The state of California is enforcing noise laws against motorcycles while other states are starting to do the same. Loud motorcycles are damaging the sport. I made this mistake ONCE, and have not repeated it.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #90)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

That is false. As a matter of fact... the increase in fatalities is coming primarily from Cruiser riders. The death rates from Sport Bikes has remained constant. Factors in the increased deaths of cruiser riders are oversized engines (1000cc and more) which result in a dramatic rise, and being NEW inexperienced riders. Riders who have ridden 18 months have far lower death rates. The lowest death rates are among Gold Wing riders. Some of these have air bags to prevent the rider from suffering head injuries when they crash into hard objects head first.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #89)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

If helmets are being removed and are not being accounted for, that makes the statistics even more damning. Sometimes a helmet is in the luggage on a motorcycle and might appear to have been in use, this is rare. Here's a simple test. Do professional riders wear helmets? Racers = Yes Courier = Yes Motocrossers = Yes Police = Yes And why do we have race car riders wearing helmets in their cars... because it saves lives. The death of Ayrton Senna a few years back also resulted in the development of a device to keep the shock of hitting a wall from breaking the drivers neck (Senna was killed by skull penetration which resulted in a rule about broken wheels having to be restrained by cable). BMW helped develop a device to keep riders from over extending their necks when they fall on their heads. Racers have been the FIRST to use safety equipment and continue to do so. More US soldiers are killed in automobiles and riding motorcycles than in combat. In combat they have their helmets on.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #87)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

Skilled riders" like motorcycle police officers are getting killed, often on their own time riding their own motorcycles. Several police officers riding police motorcycles have been killed on escort duty recently, one with Hilary Clinton's motorcade some time ago. Escorting politicians seem to be particularly hazardous. Another long time motorcycle officers was killed on his Suzuki in Florida not long ago. Have you ever been hit in the face by a June Bug at 75 mph.. I have. It hit me on the head. If it had hit two inches lower, it would have splattered into my eye and possibly blinded me and could have caused me to wreck. Had another instance at lower speed. AT 45 mph I had a Yellow Jacket bounced off my nose. He landed on my cheek. I'm allergic to these things. I turned my mirror to watch him as I slowed down. He was stunned. Once he started to move, the crawled up under my glasses, over my open eye (quite uncomfortable) onto my eyebrow and then he flew away. By then I was down to about 20 mph. I would NEVER ride without a helmet and a full face shield.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #86)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

What you claim has been proven to be false. Noise levels without a helmet are MUCH higher at highway speeds. Helmets reduce noise levels AND help save a rider's hearing. The noise at 60 mph is over OSHA safety levels without a helmet. The Schuberth C3 helmet is one of the quietest made. AT 85 mph the interior levels are still under OSHA levels of 85 DB (which is a limit of four hours exposure). Don't forget the fools and idiots who run straight pipes. The 120 DB noise levels from these can cause permanent hearing loss in minutes. Once again these fools are going to be going deaf and wanting to have the cost of their hearing aids covered under group insurance. Once again they will be penalizing all of us for their stupidity since this raised the rates due to self impairment. If we had responsible policing in this nation, we'd have the police ticket and keep records of these noise violators so that they would NOT BE ELIGIBLE for aid when they go deaf.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #85)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

Your opinion is the proof that those responsible for public safety need to ignore opinions like yours. You might just cost the medical system a multi-million dollar loss, which in this country, will be tacked on the operating costs used to calculate ALL of our Insurance rates. In the military that is known as collective punishment. The innocent are also being punished. You have no right to increase my insurance rates. Therefore, your ability to do so should be terminated. Perhaps the best way to protect my rights from your negligence, is to deny you the right to ride a motorcycle without FULL and reasonable training and protective gear, including a full helmet, approved CE rated clothing, and proper boots and gloves. Once you add these to the cost of owning a motorcycle a lot of those who could just barely afford them due to EASY CREDIT would find buying a car a more manageable task. In the absence of easy credit, motorcycle sales in this country declined nearly 90% (but are rebounding in the Adventure Segment with average MC costs above $25K) If only 11% were saved it would save more than 1,000 lives. The deaths rates in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, and other voluntary helmet wearing states are skyrocketing. Every state where wearing is mandatory is seeing dramatic rises in death RATEs, not just deaths. Maryland, where I am, has the Johns Hopkins hospital, which is still ranked as the best in the nation. It's the researchers at Hopkins who are continually completing helmet studies which show helmets save lives. When Dr. Hugh Cairns developed the helmet as the result of the death of Colonel T.E. Lawrence, it was estimated to have saved the lives of 2500 riders during WWII alone. I fully support the right of the individual to commit suicide. But when you do it in a car or from a motorcycle, it raised my insurance rates, which I object to. The facts are this... motorcyclists who get killed are at fault most of the time. Quite a few will NEVER recover if they do survive. And those who suffer traumatic brain injuries cost all of us an undue burden. If you want to read perhaps the BEST account of a motorcycle ride ever written, look up Lawrence's book The Mint. By the way, TRY to find a WHITE helmet.. I'm willing to bet you cannot.  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #84)

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Motorcycle fatalities rise in Ohio | The Columbus Dispatch

Racers all wear helmets. Do you think any race driver would be willing to risk his life the way the idiots on our highways do?  (Apr 23, 2011 | post #82)