Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: motorcycles

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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Feb.
6th

HELMETS: TNT has tired, kneejerk reaction

Re: “Ride without a helmet? Not at public’s expense” (editorial, 2-5).

I see The News Tribune reacts in a predictable fashion with helmet laws. The 99 percent – car drivers – wish to force the 1 percent – motorcycle riders – to wear helmets. To do this, the societal/taxpayer cost argument is dragged out once again.

The Centers for Disease Control lists the No. 1 cause of head injury and traumatic brain injury as car accidents, including passengers and pedestrians. This makes sense as cars are the 99 percent. Can you imagine the cost reduction in head injuries if

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Feb.
6th

HELMETS: Legislator can’t be serious about repeal

Re: “Ride without a helmet? Not at public’s expense” (editorial, 2-5).

Your editorial is spot on. I have ridden a motorcycle since I was 16. Forty-five years later, I still enjoy a good ride with friends, but I can’t think of a more regressive piece of legislation than to repeal the helmet law. Surely state Sen. Don Benton can’t be serious.

I can’t find any rational basis as to why the taxpayers should be responsible for lifetime care of a fellow rider so he can feel the breeze go through his hair. Let’s move on to the more serious

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Feb.
6th

HELMETS: Why single out motorcycle riders?

Re: “Ride without a helmet? Not at public’s expense” (editorial, 2-5).

When I ride my motorcycle, I choose to ride without a helmet wherever allowed. For many years I rode bicycles and never rode without a helmet. I could try and explain the difference, but I doubt the writer of your editorial would understand.

So let me pose this question: Why single out motorcyclists? Shouldn’t we mandate specific safety equipment or requirements for skiers, mountain climbers, boaters, hikers, etc.? Should all of our aged population be required to subscribe to Life Alert? For that matter many of them would

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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.

Jan.
31st

HELMETS: Dumb idea to dump helmet law

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

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