Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: HELMET LAW

Feb.
28th

HELMETS: Study’s clear that helmets save lives

A letter writer (TNT, 2-26) took issue with a Centers for Disease Control study on motorcycle helmets.

Page 2 of the study reports that 42 percent of motorcyclists killed in crashes were not wearing a helmet (which means 58 percent were wearing a helmet).

What is far more important is the next sentence, summarized here: In states where helmets are required, 12 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet; in states where helmets are not required, 79 percent of the fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet.

Helmets save lives.

Feb.
22nd

HELMETS: CDC study contains several problems

There are numerous problems with the Centers for Disease Control study cited in in your helmet law editorial (TNT, 2-5).

On page six of the study is a section that reads: “People who do not wear helmets are more likely to be killed in a crash . . . 41 percent of motorcycle operators and 51 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were not wearing a helmet.”

Not to state the obvious, but that would mean that 59 percent of motorcycle operators and 49 percent of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were wearing a helmet. It

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Jan.
31st

HELMETS: Make them optional for organ donors

Riding a motorcycle without a helmet can actually save lives. My father has been alive the last 15 years because he received a new heart from a helmetless rider.

Maybe riding without a helmet should be optional if the rider has signed up as an organ donor. Since the helmet laws went into effect, there has been a significant drop in available organs.