But fact of the matter is also that the majority of people on the road dont want bikes on the road either. as sad as it is we are still seen as a danger to ourselves and to others. I think we should set a good example by wearing a helmet when we ride but then again I'll be riding to the jackson trip next year with nothing but a bandana tied low and my loc sunglasses on. Becuase it is my responsibility.
Just because the public wants something doesn't mean its right. The average american is about the intelectual equivalent of my pet Newt.
There is also the question of whether or not helmet laws save lives. Common sense would say yes But I've been looking online and I found this site with some statistics.
The fact being that many laws are put in place with poor research and poor data to back them up.
WHat I have been finding online is that the states with mandatory helmet laws and those with no helmet laws have very similar death/crash ratio.
This would mean that they dont help so if a helmet law doesn't help why take someones freedom away from them?
Becuase it appeases the stupid average american so they feel warm a cuddly and will vote for their rep who penned the bill.
Instead of doing something that would really help motorcycle death rates.
1. Make it necessary for people to start out on smaller bikes. I've lost 2 friends to this. I would be totally against this if I were 16 but its smart. A similar step system to what is used in some EUropean states. And you dont even have to do it be "law" do it by insurance premiums give the insurance companies the go ahead to charge $1500 per month to the idiot who buys a hayabusa for his first bike. The rest of us will jsut ahve to look like dorks on a 50cc scooter for 1 season and deal with it.
2. COMPLETELY revamp drivers ed and motorcycle tests. These are the most worthless tests in the world. Who the hell cares if you can do a figure 8 in a small box without putting your foot down. Has this EVER saved anyone's life? Panic Breaking, Sliding the bike, how to crash, obstacle evasion (I know this is part of it but its a joke). Also teach the idiots driving cars how to drive!! Instead of what the laws are. NO ONE in the US knows how to drive we are the most incompetent nation of drivers in the world. I think it was Time that had an article on Germany. There are many unrestricted speed zones in germany yet they have a much lower crash/death ratio than we do.
If you can honestly say that a helmet law is a better fix to people dying on motorcycles than actually teaching people how to drive vehicles then you are an idiot.