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MILTON: Helmet law shouldn’t be repealed

Letter by Bob Myrick, Tacoma on May 29, 2012 at 11:48 am with 3 Comments »
June 1, 2012 11:40 am

It greatly saddens me to see Milton repeal its helmet law based on suspect advice from its insurance provider (TNT, 5-28).

Each traumatic brain injury costs society millions of dollars even if the injured person has sufficient medical insurance. I know several mothers who have lost their sons to skateboard accidents. Helmet laws are a very wise public health measure.

I help out a traumatic brain injury victim. He went through a car window at age 21 while riding his bike without benefit of a helmet. He is now 48 year years old and will never recover, although he has made much progress over the years. Both he and his family suffer greatly.

Over the years, I have been involved in three bicycle versus car crashes. I am very grateful that my helmet saved my life each time.

My bike club, the Tacoma Wheelmen, worked diligently with our health department and local hospitals and others to enact these laws and put helmets on people. We hope Milton’s unfortunate decision is not a trend.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. consider it evolution in action.

  2. dardena says:

    Why in the world would any sane person ride his or her bicycle on a highway, having experienced the tragady car/cycle collisions cause to both driver and rider alike?

    Nobody, not a one, wakes up in the morning thinking “today, I’m going to get killed playing with my bicycle on the highway.”

    Unfortunatly, it happens way too often.


  3. itwasntmethistime says:

    Wearing a helmet should be a matter of personal choice. I wear one, and so do my kids, not because it’s the law but to protect our heads if we crash.

    This selective nanny state drives me crazy. We’re not smart enough to choose whether or not we wear helmets but we’re smart enough to choose whether or not we smoke cigarettes?

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