Michigan Helmet Laws - A Detailed Look Into a Newly Helmetless State

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Anywhereness, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Anywhereness

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    Last year Michigan repealed their compulsorily helmet law, which went into effect in early April 2012.

    Here's an overview:
    http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/12/paul_keep_what_was_learned_in.html

    Here's even more detail they offer (from the first page link)
    http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/search_for_motorcycle_crashes.html


    I imagine right now many who have had their license for awhile are comfortable with a helmet and don't buy into the helmetless argument. It will be interested to check back in a few years as new riders start up and many of whom will not be using helmets because the law permits it.
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  2. ray h

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    Congratulations on your new found freedom of choice.
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  3. exoff-roadgoat

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    Oh man, don't get me fired up about the helmet thing again. :dog..couldn't you have waited until after the holidays?:rofl
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  4. ray h

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    I can't be held responsible for your emotional state.:evil
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  5. sleazy rider

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    I have no problem with it. I'm not barred from wearing my helmet and we do need the organ donations. :evil. I was out on a three week long ride when it was signed into law. Crossing the border back into Michigan, I didn't notice hardly any riders who had shed their helmets. The ones I have seen since are the usual cruiser suspects who also ride bar to bar. Yes, it seems like there has been an increase in reported motorcycle fatalities since.
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  7. DAKEZ

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    Let those who ride decide. Keep your laws off my person.
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  8. #46

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    In Canada, all provinces and territories have mandatory helmet laws, and have been for years now.

    Why can't all states just impose mandatory helmet laws, and put an end to the discussion once and for all.
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  9. RogerWilco

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    Why can't all states just permit fully grown adults the freedom to choose for themselves, and put an end to the discussion once and for all? Or, better yet, just outlaw all those dangerous motorcycles, which are very,very dangerous regardless of whether the rider is, or is not, helmeted.
    I personally do ride with a helmet and live in a no-helmet state, while I ride my very,very dangerous motorcycle.
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  10. ParaMud

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    No fault insurance in a crash? What is that bullcrap?

    Seriously?

    So someone crashes into me and I have to pay for some of the damages?
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  11. Bar None

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    I think it doesn't make much difference in injuries here in Florida which is now helmet optional because the riders that don't wear a helmet now are the ones that use to wear the useless novelty helmets.

    I use to wear a good quality helmet before they were mandatory and still do wear a good quality full face helmet.

    Would you play football without a helmet?
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  12. PhilB

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    Because that's ethically wrong. It's coercion; it's force; it's a violation of the rights of free people to make their own choices about their own lives.

    That's why.

    +1. This.

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    You're aware that it works differently for motorcycles? It only covers a motorcyclist who has contact with a non-motorcycle. Single vehicle accidents are not covered. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/cis/ip227_172811_7.pdf

    And let's tell the world that it costs $175 PER VEHICLE, per year!

    So we pay the same rate as a car, but are only eligible for half the benefits. Sucks, doesn't it?
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    This....:freaky
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    If I even begin to go down this road... It's gonna get punted into Joe Mama, or the ban-hammer for me. It pisses me off that bad!!
    :kboom :topes
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    Explain to me the basis of seat belt laws then. All 50 states require their use. :deal
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    Another feel good law bought and paid for by the insurance industry in an effort to reduce their risk. I don't remember voting on the issue. Did you? Did our rates go down after the passage?
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    No one mentioned why the helmet law was rescinded in the first place?.....It's all about the bucks baby! Tourism bucks! Texas T$$$$$:clap
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    For any vehicle with a historic plate or an authentic original one, the MCCA fee is $35.
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  20. Buzz363

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    I remember Jay Leno describing his Buick Roadmaster. " No padded dashboard on this baby. You hit your head on that , they just hose it off and sell it to the next guy".

    It does open up emotional discussions. We certainly do legislate a lot of safety rules and for the most part we follow them. I don't wear a helmet on bicycle rides although I insisted my kids wore them. Riding a motorcycle on a rural road is different than a busy urban street. Why does the same law govern both activities?
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