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Ludicrous blather

I read with interest, the ludicrous blather regarding “the improperly conceived helmet laws and allegedly erroneous data upon which they were based.” Indeed, it would appear that the law needs to be more precisely written and that helmet testing and certification should be held to rigid standards. And while I personally believe that a rider should have the freedom to choose to wear a helmet, the safety benefits, if not the empirical data, are indisputable.

As a motorcyclist, race car driver and EMT, I see more than my fair share of twisted bodies and banged heads. No question, helmets save lives. Riding without a helmet risks far greater injury, a personal right perhaps but not a smart one. Someone has to pay when it all goes wrong. If insurance companies paid medical claims with adjustments for non-use of available safety equipment, that would put most (not all) of the burden on the individuals involved.

There’s a well known saying among motorcycle riders: It’s not a matter of if you will go down, but when you will go down. On the other hand, nature has a ruthless way with these matters and in so doing, we improve the gene pool.



Marc Nichols

Grass Valley


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