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Old 04-13-2012, 09:35 AM   #16
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Why isn't there a movement to repeal seat belt laws, since this is about "making a choice?"
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:46 AM   #17
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It sure would be nice if I could ride to my neighbors without worrying about getting a ticket, it is only 30 yards down the road. Every where else I don't care what the law is the helmet is on.
30 yards seems like walking distance to me.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:46 AM   #18
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Why isn't there a movement to repeal seat belt laws, since this is about "making a choice?"
I'd vote for it.

Actually, I believe in helmet/seat belt laws for children. Children should be protected from the stupidity of their parents. Adults, however, should be free to make their own stupid choices as long as it doesn't endanger others.

Up with Darwin! Down with the Nanny State!
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:46 AM   #19
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There is Google for news articles keywords.... "seatbelt repeal"

My home state does not require seat belts for adults. Live free or Die-New Hampshire.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #20
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Somehow I think this whole helmetless thing ends up with lots of life and health insurance costs for all of us. Maybe even restrictions. When I say costs, I mean insurance companies invent a surcharge for motorcyclists or drop us all together regardless of helmet use.

Some insurance companies will not insure motorcycle racers now. It's not a big leap to exclude for all motorcyclists. Then what?
A Harborview Medical Center study published in 1988 reported that injured motorcyclists in the trauma center relied on public funds a lower percentage of the time than did automobile drivers to pay their hospital bills during the same time period.

A 1992 study by the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center reported that automobile drivers and motorcyclists have their medical costs covered by insurance at a nearly identical
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Source: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...HelmetUse.aspx
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:56 AM   #21
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Eh' no one actually likes Maryland.

Even the people that are forced to live there because their wives won't move to a more civilized state.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:00 AM   #22
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i could care less who wears what... but. Please pick up your own tab for long term health care.
Don't shoot your mouth off when you're loaded with blanks.

When you crash without a helmet, you are more likely to have a quick, low cost death and result in an excellent source of high quality and lucrative donor organs for deserving children.

When you crash with a helmet on, you are more likely to end up as a messy orthopedic case who can't work, becomes an alcoholic drug addict, and a useless burden on society.

Truly, you should have known...
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:08 AM   #23
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:17 AM   #24
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Head trauma can last the rest of a very long life.

Gary Busey had just left a dealership and dropped the bike popping his unhelmeted head off a curb.
He will NEVER be the same... EVER! It is sad but he chose. In this vid he sounds/acts loaded but he is not.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na8lUFb5aSI

Quite often it is not the initial blow that damages the brain but the brain's rebound from the blow.

Yeah... I am talking out my ass so this is the last post in this thread.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:18 AM   #25
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Couldn't care less about helmet laws. Pisses me off that groups like the AMA spend so much time bitching about helmet laws when there are much more important things to be concerned about.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:22 AM   #26
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i could care less who wears what... but. Please pick up your own tab for long term health care.
+1. Society should not have to pick up the cost... other than that, I am all in favor of letting the rules of Darwin do their job. if some does not feel like they need to wear a helmet to protect their brain, then they are probably correct.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:26 AM   #27
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30 yards seems like walking distance to me.
He was too drunk to walk.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:30 AM   #28
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i could care less who wears what... but. Please pick up your own tab for long term health care.
Amen. I choose freedom from the consequences of others' stupidity. As long as your choice to ride helmetless is reflected in your rates and not mine, I'm all for it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #29
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I've worn a motorcycle helmet since I was a kid (mid-60's) before there were helmet laws. Been doing it so long that helmetless feeds nekkid. I do sometimes ride a dead-end counrty road nearby w/o helmet to evaluate mechanical noises on the bike, but not when riding for real...
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:53 AM   #30
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I replace a shield on my helmet about once/year because something (rock, big bug, ???) left a crater in it. I suppose I could collect the bugs & rocks with my face.

For those not from around the Great Lakes, mayfly season would be fun w/o a helmet. I can see it now- Hey babe, let me wipe the bugs offa my face & buy you a drink
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