The Motorcycle Helmets, Educate not Legislate Choice or Law?
Freedom of choice" is not about the thrill of feeling the wind in our hair any more than a young man's choice to serve in the armed forces of this country during a time of war is about the thrill of being shot at. The issue is about returning personal responsibility to trained and experienced adult motorcyclists. It is about rejecting the proposition that the government should be allowed to impose upon the personal decisions of free men. Helmets are not the universal remedy many claim them to be. Training riders and educating the motoring public to share the road while being aware of motorcycles are among the most effective ways to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. The evidence for mandatory helmet use is more often narrow-minded than fact. People who have never ridden claim to know more about the pros and cons of helmet use than those of us who have been riding for decades. The scare tactics, known as the "Public Burden Theory," have not proven to be the case in the 30 states allowing adults the right to make their own decisions. Had this legal decision cost those states the millions of dollars in public funds and the radical insurance premium increases our opponents criticize about, it is unlikely their laws would remain unchanged. The truth is that those severe predictions do not occur. Just as an increase in the national speed limit did not cause the carnage predicted, the modification of helmet laws to allow adults to exercise their personal responsibility has not led to a fulfillment of the doomsayers' prophecies. The special interest groups to government forcing some bureaucrat's unenlightened vision of a safe and proper lifestyle, riding on public have attempted to misdirect the intent of modifying the helmet law by preaching in a way that suggests motorcyclists would no longer be allowed to wear a helmet. Legislators in opposition to the modification who ride proclaim they...
Cited: Iowa Governor 's Traffic Safety Bureau.14 April 2004 by CEW http://www.state.ia.us/government/dps/gtsb/gtsft_7.htm
Alexis Woods Helmets used at all times, on December 06, 2004, http://www.clas.ufl.edu/boards/owl/main/messages/2684.html
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