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Should motorcyclists be required to wear helmets?

posted 6/5/2013 2:29:03 PM |
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I want to revisit this topic. I first posted a blog (the one down below) on it back in April 2008, where it garnered 61 comments from people. Some good arguments were made by both sides.

However, I'm still amazed that some states that require the wearing of seatbelts still don't have helmet laws for motorcyclists. This should be the other way around. People should have the right to choose whether or not they wear a seatbelt, but for a motorcyclist, they're more at risk being out in the open. I don't care how much of a pro you may think you are, other drivers aren't.

Ohio being the stupid state that it is (in my opinion) allows a motorcyclist to go without wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle. The helmet law is however required for young motorcyclists here however, just like most states across the country. But yet my state is so damn strict with seatbelt laws. I think they have is assed backwards, and it should be the other way around with helmet laws being applied to motorcyclists, and seatbelts not being mandated here for motorists. I believe the only three states that does not require anyone (that means the young and old) to wear a helmet are Iowa, Illinois, and N.H.

What are your feelings on this issue?

My April 2008 blog

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Jun 5 @ 4:14PM  
I know every bike rider out the thinks they are a "pro", but let me ask, why aren't you in one of the daredevil shows? If they want to have their brains splattered over two lanes of traffic, let them ride without a helmet. Much the same with seat belts, tho you are more likely to keep what brains you have in one jug with a car. So make up your mind, do you want to keep what brains you have or loose them.

Jun 5 @ 7:55PM  
My state doesn't require wearing a helmet, but for the rider's saftey i think they should.

Jun 5 @ 10:47PM  
I will never in life wear a seatbelt and I was glad that when I had my bike I didnt have to wear a helmet either. You did however have to carry a certain amount of insurance in order to not be ticketed for no helmet. In my opinion....well worth the $$$

Jun 5 @ 10:47PM  
Well... unless they don't mind ending up like Gary Busey's head smacking a curb in a bike accident, I would say they should. I know I would, law or no!


Jun 5 @ 11:59PM  
Common sense and self preservation would say that belt in the car and helmet while on a motorcycle. That's the common sense.

Adults, let them decide for them selves. When it involves children, then require them to be buckled up or have a helmet on if they are on a motorcycle. Kids rely on the adults to care for them, and to protect them. Adults, should know better, should have the common sense to use these things.

I cringe when I see women riding on the backs of motorcycles and they're just wearing a halter top and shorts with sandals or flip flops, and it's on the expressway where the speed limit says 70mph, but most drivers are doing 80+.


Jun 6 @ 7:31AM  
In the event of a wreck, a seatbelt in a car or a helmet on a bike are likely to be the difference between surviving with treatable injuries as opposed to dying or spending the rest of your life paralyzed, cognitively impaired, or both.

Perhaps we should just let evolution take its course. Let the people who consider taking two seconds to put on a belt in a car to be a grievous infringement on their personal freedom fly through the windshield if that's their choice.


Jun 6 @ 7:40PM  
When I was a kid and my dad was a New York City fireman I would often ride along with them went they went out on calls. First time I ever saw a seatbelt jam and watched the woman burn to death because they could not get her out in time I decided I would never be trapped in a car like that.

Second time it happened the seatbelt moved from the force of the accident and decapitated the person who was wearing it. Kinda confirmed I'd never wear one. Isolated incidents, yes. But you don't forget shit like that.

As for kids....always make them wear a belt and they should never be on the back of a bike in the first place (unless its a 5 mph ride around the block. I never let anyone on the back of my bike unless they wore a helmet.

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Should motorcyclists be required to wear helmets?