So far, no one has addressed the real question...........should we have a "law" that forces people to wear helmets while riding a motorcycle ?
I'm not asking if it's a "good idea" to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, I'm asking if it should be a law ?
There's a very big difference !
From my personal experience riding motorcycles, I can tell you this much: if for any reason you "leave" the MC
at any speed much above 5 mph, you are likely to be "better off" if you ARE wearing a helmet, ( most of the time, but not necessarily always )
Will wearing a helmet keep you from getting killed if you have a crash ? Sometimes yes, but sometimes no.
Will not wearing a helmet ( in states with "helmet laws" ) get you a "ticket" from every "hick" cop who sees you ? You betcha !
Are "helmet laws" always a "good idea" ? No they are not.
There are much better ways of keeping your "brains intact" while riding a mc than having some law tell you what you have to wear; Look at it this way....................
Let's say you are fond of hiking in the "country"; everyone knows there are sometimes bears in the country........so we better have a "law".........anyone hiking in the country MUST have a "30.06" bear gun in case you meet a bear..........
Like to swim in the ocean ? better have a "law"........MUST have a "yet- to- be- invented" shark "weapon" in case a shark tries to eat you !
Do you like to fly your Cessna 172 ? A lot of people have been killed in light planes because the engines sometimes quit running........so therefore, you MUST have your Cessna equipped with a "ballistic parachute", ( which are not cheap, but they do work ! )
Fact: there are many "activities" that have the "potential" to get you killed; very few have a "law" which purports to "take away the risk" of the activity. What we DON"T need is more laws trying to "protect" people; what we DO
need is more people with common sense !
I happen to have the need of using a chain saw a lot; if you look through all of the hospital emergency room statistics, you will quickly learn that chain saws are by far the leading cause of people coming in with serious injuries to ER
's; yet there is no law in any state, requiring people using chain saws to wear protective chain saw "chapps"; are "chapps" a good idea, and do they really "work" ? yes, they are a VERY good idea, and yes, they really DO
work; I have a pair I wear ( sometimes ) But just having a pair of chapps on isn't going to "keep you safe" while using a chain saw; that only comes from long experience using them, and having a thorough knowledge of operation, plus some common sense.
I might add, I bought my chapps only after having an "incident" that sawed clear through my left knee-cap, and knicked the cartiledge on the knee joint. That "incident" was the direct result of a complete lack of experience and of using common sense at the time.
Let's face it folks.........you can't legislate safety ! But you can "train" intelligent, reasonable people to do things safely.
Overall, wearing seat belts while driving an automobile has obviously saved a lot of people's lives, but in spite of all the seat belt laws, the speeding laws, and all the other laws, there are still just as many people getting killed every year in car crashes as there ever has been; the reasons behind this are a little more "complex", but if "government" really wanted to ever became really "serious" about this problem, the fatality rate in cars could be cut by 90 % ; but don't hold your breath until "government" takes the "necessary steps" to alleviate the problem; because "government" just doesn't have the "will" to take the necessary steps.