Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Lake Zurich (near chicago), IL, USA
From the Chicago Tribune Sunday Op-Ed pages:
For years I've referred to helmetless motorcyclists as "organ donors." Now I know it's not just a joke.
Browsing around last week I landed on a recent study by a trio of Michigan State University economists that suggests a grim upside to laws like those in Illinois that allow motorcyclists to ride without helmets.
"Our central estimates show that organ donations resulting from fatal motor vehicle accidents increase by 10 percent when states repeal helmet laws," says the summary abstract of a research paper titled "Donorcycles."
"Every death of a helmetless motorcyclist prevents or delays as many as 0.33 deaths among individuals on organ transplant waiting lists."
Comments? Personally, I find this just a bit offensive.