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Old 06-19-12, 11:26 AM   #1
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Bike Helmet Law Absurdity

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/us...laws.html?_r=1

The more health costs become collective, the easier it is to justify laws that require people to protect themselves. You must wear seatbelts, you can't drink soda, you can't smoke, etc., because of the social costs involved. That's the argument. Requiring cyclists and skateboarders to wear helmets is part of the same effort to save money. But in this case, the economic concern is that the town doesn't have the resources to enforce the law. Enforcing the law includes having enough cops on the street to hassle riders for not wearing a helmet. The town's insurance company claims that if the town can't properly educate the populous about the law (i.e. enforce the law) the town is potentially negligent if someone not wearing a helmet gets hurt. How absurd is that? If this is accurate, governments are responsible for any harm done by a person breaking a law. By passing a law, according to the argument, governments have the legal responsibility to ensure the laws aren't broken - and can be held liable if they are. While I'm not a lawyer, I'm calling total BS on this insurance company. And if they're right, we're all screwed.
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Old 06-24-12, 10:43 AM   #2
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funny you would blame the health care law on this kinda bull, the health care law passed and Michigan had a motorcycle helmet law for over 25 years,,now after the health care bill,,,the law is gone , so your partisan premise is wrong. These stupid laws are passed mostly because someone is gonna make money or someone is making a name for themselves. To blame the health care law is just more partisan bull.
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I don't know where this fits in, but in 1975, (on the east coast) Bicycle helmets costed $500.00. I was just ten years old. I wanted a helmet. I considered getting a football helmet, and this is where it gets weird. They told me I could get a free football helmet from the High School, on one condition, that I try out for the football team. I though this was ridiculous, on account I was only ten and weighed maybe 75 pounds. And then they made jokes about "don't drop the soap", etc, in the showers with the older boys.

I tried to talk my parents into buying me a football helmet, for about $60.00, at the sporting goods store, to bypass this rigamarole at the high school. I even tried to argue that $60.00 is a lot less than $500.00, but my mother just clammed up and wouldn't talk to me about the matter.

Eventually, two years later in 1977, I saved up enough money raking leaves and mowing lawns that I went out and bought the $70.00 "Skid-Lid" , which was a polycarbonate helmet, lined with poly-ureathane (and was latter declared RECALLED, due to a design defect), but it was the first helmet to break Bells Monopoly...

When I first started campaigning for a mandatory helmet law, I thought it would just be there to force dead-beat parents to shell out the money and buy their kid a helmet (for Christ's sake).

I never imagined that the law would be used to force people to wear helmets. I thought that anyone with a brain in their head would wear a helmet, without being persuaded . and I still think that today. Though I don't know why you need a helmet if your not on a main road and not going faster than jogging speed.

thats my two cents.
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Old 06-27-12, 02:33 PM   #4
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We wore the padded leather strap helmets in the 70s. Don't recall what they cost, but not more than $20 or so.
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I never imagined that the law would be used to force people to wear helmets.
Did you check closely for loopholes? A motorcycle club in Ontario, Canada, didn't like a 'wear helmets' law when it came out. On the first day it was effective, they all went for a ride together, each with a helmet strapped to an arm.

The law had to be rewritten.
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Old 03-10-13, 10:19 AM   #6
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I always wear a helmet when cycling. My helmet cost $35, and the vents keep my head cooler than wearing a ball cap. And, it even adds some protection if I crash Will it save my life? who knows. But it could very well reduce injuries.

But for adults, I think its up to them.

Children? Yes, they should wear them. Police enforcement maybe not, but they should wear them.
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Old 03-10-13, 03:43 PM   #7
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This isn't really a blog, it's a helmet commentary. Please use the Helmet Thread in A&S for this.

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