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Old 09-11-2007, 06:40 PM   #1
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motorcycle helmets should be required in every state

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Sept. 11, 2007, 1:50PM
Motorcycle helmets should be required, feds say


By KEN THOMAS
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WASHINGTON — States should require motorcycle riders to wear proper helmets, government investigators urged today as part of several recommendations that seek to stem a steady rise in motorcycle deaths.

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board unanimously approved the motorcycle safety recommendations, wading into a contentious issue that has pitted motorcycle rights' groups against safety organizations in many states.

"The simple act of donning that helmet can begin the process of preventing that type of fatality and serious injury," said NTSB chairman Mark V. Rosenker.

As motorcycle riding has become more popular, motorcycle deaths have more than doubled since 1997. In 2006, motorcycle deaths increased for the ninth straight year, to 4,810 motorcycle deaths, compared with 4,576 in 2005.

NTSB officials noted that non-helmeted riders were three times more likely to suffer a brain injury in a crash than those wearing a helmet.

Motorcycle groups questioned the ability of helmets to provide complete protection and prevent internal injuries in a crash. They said more rider education programs are needed.

"If a truck pulls out in front of you and runs a stop sign, how is that helmet going to prevent an accident?" asked Steve Rector, state coordinator for ABATE Iowa, a motorcycle rights' group. He also noted that motorcycle registrations and the number of miles traveled by motorcyclists have increased in recent years.

Judith Lee Stone, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said there was "no scientific evidence that motorcycle rider training reduces crash risk and is an adequate substitute for an all-rider helmet law."

Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia require riders to wear protective helmets, a significant change since the late 1970s, when nearly every state required helmet use. Twenty-seven states only cover some riders, typically those under 21.

Three states — Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire — have no helmet laws.

In six states that repealed their universal laws beginning in 1997 — Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida and Pennsylvania — helmet use plummeted following the repeal of the laws, NTSB officials said. Louisiana reinstated its mandatory requirement in 2004.

The agency also recommended that federal safety officials develop a plan for states and others to improve motorcycle safety and the government develop guidelines for states to gather accurate data on riders.

The NTSB only has the power to make recommendations, but its staff and board members personally lobby for changes the board considers most important.
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I'm ALL for helmets, and wear one ANYWHERE I go. I don't want someone telling me I have to though.
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I think it should be your own choice or maybe make it so you need on like on the FWY i like to go helmetless somtimes just not insanely fast
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I think if deaths keep rising, they might try to outlaw MC's

Im not for the feds MAKING us wear one...same for seatbelts

I think mandatory saftey courses are a better idea.
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I think if deaths keep rising, they might try to outlaw MC's

Im not for the feds MAKING us wear one...same for seatbelts

I think mandatory saftey courses are a better idea.

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How about this ... If you don't wear a helmet during a crash and you don't have medical ins, then they don't treat you.

It's about personal responsibility, wear a helmet, don't wear a helmet ... it's your choice, but be prepared to take responsibility for what happens as a result.
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I think if deaths keep rising, they might try to outlaw MC's

Im not for the feds MAKING us wear one...same for seatbelts

I think mandatory saftey courses are a better idea.
"Judith Lee Stone, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said there was "no scientific evidence that motorcycle rider training reduces crash risk and is an adequate substitute for an all-rider helmet law."

I read a poll that said 30% of motorcyclists would not ride if helmets were mandatory. Judging by what I see around Houston there would be a lot of bikes up for sale. I'll ride for a hour on Sunday and only see one or two people wearing helmets
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My dad and I argue all the time because he does not wear a helmet and I always do... he says that a helmet would have saved a life in only 27% of all motorcycle fatalities where the rider was helmetless, and he said he is willing to take those odds.

I just know I wouldn't fall backwards onto the pavement while standing without a helmet... REALLY wouldn't want to fall off a bike without one.
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ask him where he gets those facts? cuz he;s wrong.

ask him to run into a brick wall w/o lid.......
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I disagree with the article as well. Too many laws are coming out these days that make people lose focus of what laws were intended for in the first place. Laws should protect people from the harm of another person. Hence the seatbelt law, it is required that you wear yours in the front seat because if you hit a sharp curve or bump you could bounce out of the driver's seat(or someone could bounce into you) and you would lose control of the vehicle potentially harming another person. But they are not required in the rearset (18+) because if you are in an accident the only real person it is going to harm is yourself and you should be able to decide your own fate. After saying that, I ALWAYS wear a helmet, even when riding short distances and I think everyone should wear a helmet, but in no way do I think the law should enforce it.
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ask him where he gets those facts? cuz he;s wrong.

ask him to run into a brick wall w/o lid.......
helmets are for noobs that crash, and ive heard an old cruiser guy say something the same as that
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Here's the survey. I'll be filling my garage with cheap used bikes if they make helmets mandatory.

http://www.npri.org/issues/issues98/i_b070498.htm


"Many motorcyclists will not ride at all if forced to wear a helmet. Thus, states that do require helmets lose revenue that would come from sales taxes on motorcycles and related products, motor vehicle registration fees and gas taxes. In Oregon, motorcycle sales dropped 36 percent in the first year after the adoption of a helmet law. In Nebraska, the figure was 41 percent."
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I believe in destiny if its your time to go, it wont matter where, how, or wut your wearing.................. STILL, I ALWAYS WEAR MY HELMET NO MATTER WHAT! it never hurts to be a lil cautious!
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Wearing a helmet in Texas is already required unless you have the exemption sticker.
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Wearing a helmet in Texas is already required unless you have the exemption sticker.
Not true. Exemption sticker is optional.
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Not true. Exemption sticker is optional.
I'd get one.
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I wear my seatbelt in the car and helmet on the motorcycle regardless.

Even if I could live through a given accident without a helmet, I'll take the reduced injuries also. It's not just live or die, it's also avoiding serious injuries.
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That's great, still doesn't make it required.
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I was all excited when I heard they were doing away with the helmet law........right up till I had my first crash (wearing a helmet)

After I saw how quickly it all happened & the deep gouges down the front of the helmet where my face would've been ground into the pavement........ I've never been without one since.

I'm all for peoples right to commit suicide, but go do it with a gun or jump off a building just to prove you could or something rather than raising my insurance rates & drawing more negative attention to the sport I love. Stupid people ruin everyone's fun.
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