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Hot Topics (3/6): Should helmets be mandatory for motorcyclists?

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM
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Should helmets be required for all motorcycle riders and passengers?

Why or why not?

Here are the various state laws.

Alabama

All riders must wear helmets

Alaska

17 and younger (see note)

Arizona

17 and younger

Arkansas

20 and younger

California

All riders must wear helmets

Colorado

17 and younger (and passengers 17 and younger)

Connecticut

17 and younger

Delaware

18 and younger

DC

All riders must wear helmets

Florida

20 and younger (see note)

Georgia

All riders must wear helmets

Hawaii

17 and younger

Idaho

17 and younger

Illinois

No motorcycle helmet use law

Indiana

17 and younger

Iowa

No motorcycle helmet use law

Kansas

17 and younger

Kentucky

20 and younger (see note)

Louisiana

All riders must wear helmets

Maine

14 and younger (see note)

Maryland

All riders must wear helmets

Mass

All riders must wear helmets

Michigan

All riders must wear helmets

Minnesota

17 and younger (see note)

Mississippi

All riders must wear helmets

Missouri

All riders must wear helmets

Montana

17 and younger

Nebraska

All riders must wear helmets

Nevada

All riders must wear helmets

NH

No motorcycle helmet use law

NJ

All riders must wear helmets

NM

17 and younger

New York

All riders must wear helmets

NC

All riders must wear helmets

ND

17 and younger (see note)

Ohio

17 and younger (see note)

Oklahoma

17 and younger

Oregon

All riders must wear helmets

Penn.

20 and younger (see note)

RI

20 and younger (see note)

SC

20 and younger

SD

17 and younger

Tenn.

All riders must wear helmets

Texas

20 and younger (see note)

Utah

17 and younger

Vermont

All riders must wear helmets

Virginia

All riders must wear helmets

Wash.

All riders must wear helmets

WV

All riders must wear helmets

Wisconsin

17 and younger (see note)

Wyoming

17 and younger

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by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM
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izzybear0217
by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 8:09 AM

I'm required to wear a seatbelt b/c its safe for me so why shouldn't motorcyclist be required to wear helmets.

athenax3
by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM


Quoting izzybear0217:

I'm required to wear a seatbelt b/c its safe for me so why shouldn't motorcyclist be required to wear helmets.

This I guess- I mean my dad rides, as do many of my male family members and some wear helmets and some don't, but not being a rider myself I just don't see why you wouldn't, kwim? I'm sure there ARE reasons they don't want to, but what outwieghs the possibility of crushing your skull?


EireLass
by Emerald Member on Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I live in MA. I've had a bike for 8 years. I've always had the same helmet. It's a NON-DOT approved helmet.....basically a skull cap. By law, MA drivers are supposed to wear one. I think if I crashed it wouldn't do much for me, due to the construction of it. But I do understand the reason for them.....they're to take the immediate impact upon crash (if they're constructed correctly). In the hot weather, they're horrible. In the cold weather, there's nothing like a full-face helmet. I do think that it's similar to the seat belt law in that it's another way for the government to tell people what's good for them, rather than letting the people make their own choices (and mistakes). If someone doesn't wear a helmet.....how does that get in the way of other drivers? 

2boys2love79
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Helmets are just smarter, but if they would prefer to be organ donors, that's their issue.  I don't think it should be mandated (seatbelts either, for that matter).

VAmomto3
by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 3:07 PM

NO. If you want to risk a collision and smashing your head in then go for it. If you arent smart enought to use common sense then you should b responsible for the consequences.

Why do we need to protect people from themselves. If they want to kill themselves let them. Seatbelts are a different story. They protect the the other occupants of the car, but then again that could be up to the driver of the car and not the law.

partygal19dani
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I would say YES for the obvious safety reasons!!  As well as seatbelts, banning texting while driving, and hands free cellphones. 

Joqui
by Joqui on Mar. 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Taking that my uncle fell off a motorcycle and screwed up his whole face but thank GOD for the helmet I say yea! it should be required...

sweetmom1007
by Member on Mar. 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM

YES.

Waxing_Lyrical
by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Unless they all have proof of  money set aside to cover injuries to the head and brain and ongoing rehabilitation to said injuries that could have been prevented or lessened by wearing a helmet then, yes, helmet wearing should become compulsory and failing to wear one illegal.

Why should anyone's tax money be spent to fix an idiot's head who failed to take reasonable precaution to prevent an injury.


Waxing_Lyrical
by on Mar. 6, 2010 at 9:12 PM


Quoting VAmomto3:

Why do we need to protect people from themselves.

Because society has to wear the financial costs afterwoods.

Not all bike accidents with non-helmet wearing fools result in a fatality.


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