Chain - I suppose, if you carry the argument to the extreme. It's a matter of degree. Mandatory helmet laws are a middle ground that protect the interests of society, while still allowing the individual to participate in their chosen activity - riding a bike. I follow your argument, but I think the best solutions are usually found in the middle. I take it from some of the comments above that you are a Republican. Republicans traditionally dislike government interference in private matters (for example whether to wear a helmet), but also traditionally dislike their dollars going to pay for someone else's problem. Our dumbshit vegetable will have his lifetime care paid for by you, either through higher health care costs or higher taxes (when he becomes a ward of the state and Medicare picks up the tab). You're screwed either way. Either government is telling you what to do, or they're raising your taxes to pay for somone else's screw-up. As a Republican, doen't that present a dilemma for you? BTW - looked like a good fall campout and ride. Sorry I missed it. Maybe next spring.