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post #1 of 100 Old 09-14-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Helmet Law in Minnesota

Hey Folks,

I had a nasty crash last year in which a helmet saved my face if not my life. As the crash has settled into my life, it's making me more and more vigilant about safety advocating.

So, I'm starting to put some effort into general awareness of helmet usage, especially for young riders, as well as encouraging my Minnesota legislators to take up the cause for a helmet law.

I'd love to get and recommendations from the group about possible starting points, groups that are already doing a good job at this, and advice about the right people in my state to contact.

I'd also love to hear from the other side. Why are helmet laws a bad idea in your mind? Why don't you wear a helmet?

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post #2 of 100 Old 09-14-2009, 08:02 PM
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I wouldn't think about riding without a full face helmet, but I strongly oppose seatbelt and helmet laws. In fact I would have been hurt much worse in my accident last year if I had not been ATGATT.

If one decides to ride sans helmet than one should have to live with the consequences. What happened to good ole personal responsibility? It's not my or my governments job to tell people how to do things. At the very least it's Darwinism in practice. As long someone is saving the stupid the will continue to dilute the gene pool to the lowest common denominator.

Yes a preventable death or vegetable-ism is tragic, but a rider doesn't care enough about themselves to ride protected why should I?

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I always wear my seatbelt and never ride without a helmet but I agree with the above post. If you don't want to wear a seatbelt or a helmet, that's your choice not mine.
I could see how maybe it costs more for the state to fix you up once you've been in an accident unprotected but I still believe it's up to the individual.
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Same here. Always wear helmet (they are not required in FL) and have worn seatbelts for over thirty years. Vigorously oppose helmet and seatbelt laws. "For your own good" sets the precedent for excusing any abuse the powers that be choose.

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LOL! Here we go again....

Here’s how it will go. A number of people are going to post up “ATGATT” “ATGATT” ATGATT” because programming works.
Anyone who even remotely indicates that they don’t wear ATGATT will be heckled and called idiots, better off dead, blah blah blah…Then ATGATT'ers will argue in shrill voices and small words about the social costs of unequipped riders on life support. Ultimately it will end in name calling and general silliness while Big B closes the thread.
And while I like Brian’s idea of personal choice don't forget the other great American attribute of minding your own business. Too many people are interested in telling someone else what to do with their time/body/money/soul/etc.

Wear what you feel safe in and let the rest do the same.
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here its against the law to even ride a bicycle with out a helmet .

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@mighty shep

I'm hoping this thread could be more substantive than argumentative, thanks for the warning though.

It's interesting that such a loyal motorcycle community would be against ostensibly beneficial legislation. If the posters to this forum wear all their gear all the time, then why would a law making part of that gear mandatory be a problem?

PS, ideally this would happen without legislation. that's by far the most efficient and rights-promoting option.
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As long as those not wearing helmets expect the emergency services to haul them hospital:bom_fireman:, the surgeons to save thier life, the months of rehab to get them walking and talking or the years of being kept alive in a vegetative state.... and the money coming out of "all" our pockets....then "all" of us have the right to say "wear a helmet".....otherwise there should be a law that says,:bom_deal2: yeah sure dont wear a helmet....but try and get insurance to cover you or get left on the side of the road!

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I wouldn't think about riding without a full face helmet, but I strongly oppose seatbelt and helmet laws. In fact I would have been hurt much worse in my accident last year if I had not been ATGATT.

If one decides to ride sans helmet than one should have to live with the consequences. What happened to good ole personal responsibility? It's not my or my governments job to tell people how to do things. At the very least it's Darwinism in practice. As long someone is saving the stupid the will continue to dilute the gene pool to the lowest common denominator.

Yes a preventable death or vegetable-ism is tragic, but a rider doesn't care enough about themselves to ride protected why should I?
Could not have said it better myself.....
For the record i'm for awareness programs for young riders just not laws mandating common sense.

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LOL! Here we go again....

Here’s how it will go. A number of people are going to post up “ATGATT” “ATGATT” ATGATT” because programming works.
Anyone who even remotely indicates that they don’t wear ATGATT will be heckled and called idiots, better off dead, blah blah blah…Then ATGATT'ers will argue in shrill voices and small words about the social costs of unequipped riders on life support. Ultimately it will end in name calling and general silliness while Big B closes the thread.
And while I like Brian’s idea of personal choice don't forget the other great American attribute of minding your own business. Too many people are interested in telling someone else what to do with their time/body/money/soul/etc.

Wear what you feel safe in and let the rest do the same.
You have a point, however, while I fully respect someone's right to be an idiot and I am all for minding one's own business, this issue does become my business when I, the taxpayer, end up paying the idiot's, preventable, medical bills. I fully agree with Pilbaralad on this.

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