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post #1 of 5 Old Oct 19th, 2009, 1:10 pm Thread Starter
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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."

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Comments? Personally, I find this just a bit offensive.

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post #2 of 5 Old Oct 19th, 2009, 1:59 pm
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Not at all offensive. It is important that these kind of stats be tracked as an argument for helmet laws. Of course, these sad deaths do not represent an upside to anything.
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post #3 of 5 Old Oct 19th, 2009, 2:50 pm
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It is a very sad way to provide organ donations. No less sad when it happens with a helmet on. Still, life goes on.

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Here is a link to the paper: https://www.msu.edu/~telder/donorcycles6-10-09.pdf
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....."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."....
It would be interesting to know what constitutes a "helmet," also. Here, in the land of fruits and nuts, you can put a salad bowl on your head with straps and it constitutes a "legal" helmet. So much for the law.....

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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