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HELMETS: Dumb idea to dump helmet law

Letter by William F. Johnston, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2013 at 11:52 am with No Comments »
January 31, 2013 1:37 pm

So Republican state Sen. Don Benton wants to dump our motorcycle helmet law (TNT, 1-31)? The anti-helmet “lobby” says, “It’s not the government’s job to protect us from ourselves.”

Well then, it should not be the government’s (i.e., taxpayers’)job to be forced to keep one of these characters in a nursing home in a coma for the rest of his days because he splattered his brains all over the highway.

I spend a month in Hawaii every year. Hawaii has no helmet law. I am appalled reading in the newspaper the number of motorcycle accident deaths just during the time we are on the Big Island. Without exception it is noted the rider had no helmet.

The Legislature needs to listen to the Washington State Patrol on the issue and reject this really dumb bill.

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