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[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (5 children)

We had a mandatory helmet law in my state for a hot second. Late 90s, early 2000ish. Motorcycles aren't exactly the safest form of transportation anyways.

[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

No they aren't, I rode for 40 years and then gave it away, had a bad one in my youth, you should have seen the helmet, all scratched up and a dent where it hit the curb. Wearing them is all about 'freedom' they saw but in reality it all boils down to image for most that go without. Image, personal laziness. Leather jackets aren't compulsory and you should see what a body looks like after a slide down a rough bitumen road in a cotton T-shirt lol lol. Squids we call em. I for one am glad helmets were made compulsory here, at 17 years old you don't have a brain in your head and need a bit of oversight.

[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

The stats are pretty clear in the US. "Motorcyclists account for 14% of all crash-related fatalities, even though they are only 3% of the vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than passenger-vehicle occupants to die in a car crash. More than 80% of these type of crashes result in an injury or death." Shitty law blog but that's 2015 NHTSA stats.

you should see what a body looks like after a slide down a rough bitumen road in a cotton T-shirt

I've seen that. My friend laid his bike down on the freeway doing 90. Looked like a bloody piece of ground beef.

I for one am glad helmets were made compulsory here, at 17 years old you don't have a brain in your head and need a bit of oversight.

If you're for legislating safety, why stop at helmets though. You'd save lives not letting people drive motorcycles at all in the US.

Britain is a good example of this gone wild. Guns are dangerous so they're restricted, so people use knives, those got heavily regulated, people use cars.... if they keep going, rocks are going to be illegal since they can be dangerous weapons.

[–][deleted] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

yeah I get your point about regulations going overboard, I imagine they always do in any long-spanning culture, but you have to admit, we need them. Go back in time when it was ok to employ 7 year olds to clean chimneys, or when putting asbestos into blankets was allowed long after it was obvious that the shit was dangerous. We need regulations in a society, it's what makes society. I guess at all times people have railed about regulations, thinking no doubt that society had evolved enough. But regarding the mandatory use of helmets, well the only people who can really comment on that are motorcycle riders, anyone else is just poking their nose into business they have no stake in. Like anti-gun nuts telling gun owners how they should live, you agree?

Edit: As for what's happened in the UK, well I have a theory about that, a theory relating to the mass immigration of arabs and niggers etc. I wonder what it would be like on the streets of London if a million arabs muslims had access to AK47's? Did you read about the hand grenade amnesty in Sweden?

[–][deleted] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

The asbestos ban in the US lasted about as long as the helmet thing. I worked very briefly for a father and son construction company until they both died of mesothelioma. I don't know how true it is, but I've heard it said construction pays so well because those guys don't generally have normal lifespans.

Like anti-gun nuts telling gun owners how they should live, you agree?

I don't agree in that example, not because I'm against guns, but because people against guns don't want other people having guns. I think we've all met some people who probably shouldn't own firearms and the anti-gun nuts are probably quite fearful of guns so that's exacerbated in their case.

But I agree on the motorcycle riders having their own say on how things are though. Just here they didn't want to be mandated to wear helmets. They just have to get insurance high enough to cover whatever they might splat against. It's cheap, scraping a biker off your car isn't too expensive. So that doesn't impact others quite as a gun possibly could.

[–][deleted] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The asbestos ban in the US lasted about as long as the helmet thing. I worked very briefly for a father and son construction company until they both died of mesothelioma.

Well that sucks! It's totally banned here in Oz but the Chinese scum are constantly trying to sneak the shit back in the form of brake pads and building materials. Fuck the chinese and anyone who looks chinese! They have no soul, just a digital calculator/currency converter. When I lived in the city it was in a burb full of them and while they are peaceful and nice, smart and skilled, you don't want to do business with them because you'll get screwed everytime.