Let Those Who Ride Decide

I once wrote a controversial blog post that said I wished that motorcycle helmets were required by law in all states in order to keep all riders safe even if it was against their will. I wanted their right to choose taken away because most often I see them choose to not wear a helmet when given the choice. I got a heck of a lot of comments on that post! More than any other post! Here in America freedom of choice is still important! Especially to those who carry on the adventurous spirit of the early American pioneers. This is not the wild west anymore. Our society has become sterile and safe. Our society has lost it’s edge and the red blooded Americans of the past have been replaced by docile Volvo driving robots who all too easily give up their rights to politicians and law makers. Motorcyclists might be the last of the true freedom fighters and losing our right to choose for ourselves is a big deal. If we lose the simple right to wear a helmet or not wear a helmet then basically the government can pretty much require you to do anything. They will keep infringing on your rights if you let them. The government really has no business protecting ourselves from ourselves. Whether or not I wear a helmet or my seat-belt does not affect anyone else besides me and don’t feed us any of that it drives up insurance and medical rates nonsense. The government has no more right to require you to wear protective gear than they have to make you practice safe sex. Will that be next? Will you be required to wear a condom by the government for your own good? What is this world coming to when decisions about your own well being and lifestyle are taken away?

I have obviously changed my mind about helmet laws and what I wish for. I now wish that all motorcyclists be safe and not get hurt. I hope they have the sense to make good educated decisions. I cringe when I see a rider like I did the other day riding a Harley in a tank top, shorts and flip flops! No helmet of course! I hope all riders decide on their own, or with a little encouragement from friends and family, to learn to ride safely and wear protective motorcycle clothing including a DOT or SNELL approved helmet. I want you to wear your helmet because you know it can save your life, not because a law says you have to!