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Should Helmets be mandatory in all states? Should we abdicate that decision to the government?

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4 hours ago, Red said:

Worked on an ambulance for 10+ years.  Seen many head injuries both cagers and motorcycles.  Seen  several gun shot wounds: shotgun, rifle, and pistol.  I'm pro helmet and pro gun.  I fail to see your logic.

 

Maybe in my twisted mind I see or compare:  Advocates for something that prevents serious injury (helmet) are also advocates for something that causes serous injury (weapon of your choice). 

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Skywagon

A little different twist....I like wearing my helmet :)  It makes me feel like survival rate is higher and injury rate is lower.  I've been down a few times.  When I rode dirt I guarantee it saved my teeth on more than one occasion.I thought the same thing when I played football and baseball in college a thousand years ago.  It also keeps bugs out of my teeth.  It gives me a place to put my really cool stickers....Maybe we could link it to an IQ test.  If you score 140 or more you are required to protect as you are valuable to society....for those less than that Darwin theory is ok? :):)  Now if they could just figure out how to make the 1lb carbon fiber helmet that is comfortable and quiet.....

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BarnRat

I wear a helmet.  I always have, even in states that don't require it.  But I don't care what anyone else wears (or doesn't wear)  while riding.  It's none of my business.  Yeah, yeah, the medical bills for idiots that don't wear a helmet come out of all of our pockets, but I don't care about that either.  So, I don't care if there are helmet laws, or not.

 

BTW, I'm a Scorpio and Scorpios don't care about anything.  :dontknow:

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KneeDrachen

Interesting, over in the UK/EU, it is compulsory and there seems to be a lot less hackles raised over the mandated use of helmets.

 

This June will be 24 years in emergency services as both a basic and advanced life support provider and on both the fire and law enforcement sides.  I have my opinions and will keep them to myself.

 

But I will tell you this:

 

Of all the accidents I attended, one sticks out in my mind.  The rider was wearing a fake "skid lid".  Isolated head injury.  His fiancée showed up on the scene.  I have no doubt in my mind had he been wearing a "real" helmet, he'd have had his bell rung.  Sometimes the decisions you make need to be bigger than you, think of your family/friends/loves ones.

 

That call still haunts me and its been...16?17? years.

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BarnRat
6 minutes ago, KneeDrachen said:

. . .  I have my opinions and will keep them to myself.

 

But I will tell you this: . . .

 

:19:

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KneeDrachen

Statement of a factual event....with a small dose of observation thrown in for good measure.

 

 

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KneeDrachen

You seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time dissecting and reacting to my post.  I thought you didn't care about anything?

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John Ranalletta

People laugh when I tell them every time I saddle up, I stop for a few seconds and say to myself, "I am not going to die today."  Doing that and going lidless are inconsistent but I don't make decisions for other people.

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