Originally Posted by Briantime
I don't support legislating against "stupid", even if it could theoretically cost me tax dollars somewhere down the road. Living in a free society costs money sometimes.
So wear your helmet, or don't. Makes no difference to me. Hit that sushi bar for lunch and roll the dice. Take those skydiving lessons you always dreamed of. When it comes to your body, I'll let you make the choice.
Everybody has of course his own conception of "free society". I know Americans see it differently than many others...
Anyway, I want to refer to an opinion of an American whom I met during my last summer CCR trip. He lives in a state that has helmet law. The neighboring state does not have it mandatory to wear helmets (so people must be more free there I guess
..). And it also happens to be that the non-helmet state has all the nice twisty motorcycle roads and the state with the helmet law happens to have much better hospitals. Now, what happens is that whenever somebody gets injured in a motorcycle accident (and riding without helmet it happens pretty easy
) the victim is transported over the state border to the better hospitals of the neighbor. My American friend was very angry about the situation.
If higher taxes or higher insurance premiums seem too distant and abstract to understand how would one like if his or her family member does not get proper treatment for a serious disease because the local hospital ICU is occupied by some "free" helmetless bikers with serious head injuries.
The Wild West times are long gone...In a modern (and even free) society it is very hard to live just "one's own life" without somehow also affecting the life of the other members as well.
And BTW, believe it or not: In our country even the bicyclist must wear a helmet! Even if the police does not give a ticket for helmetless bicycling I still wear one. Especially after seeing my workmate's 18 year old son ending up as vegetable after colliding with a pedestrian...