Well, I guess this rant was going to come out sooner or later.
I truly don't understand why it's such a big deal to be fighting for the right to ride your motorcycle without a helmet.
This was in the news today:
An attempt to repeal Virginia’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law was sidelined by a close vote in a House of Delegates subcommittee
Really? Tying up our court system and delegates over your right to splash your brains all over the street?
The day Florida stated that bikers could ride without helmets, a death could've been prevented.
Especially in today's time when everybody is doing everything in their cars (or on their motorcycles) instead of watching the road. It's crazy out
The Florida Highway Patrol said a man riding a motorcycle may have been texting when he was killed in a head-on crash.
So many stupid people out there anymore. I wish the article had said whether or not this idiot was wearing a helmet. Don't think it would've
mattered much in this case anyways, but that's not the point.
There's just no reason why anyone should not want to wear a helmet on the road. It's well known among motorcycle enthusiasts that there's only two
types of motocycle riders. Those who have laid their bike down and those who have yet to. It's truly just a matter of time, so why not do what's
No, it's much easier to waste the court's time and tax payer dollars fighting for the right to have your head squashed like a grape.
Besides, if I have to wear my seatbelt, which has saved me from serious injury, why shouldn't motorcyclists be forced to use safety precautions? You
don't see a bunch of renegade sedan owners clogging up the legal system for their right to go seatbeltless, do you? No. That would be silly and be
thrown out as a frivolous law suit. A complete waste of time, energy, and resources.
So, why not just suck it up, bikers? Just admit you look much hotter riding that big hunk of shiny metal while wearing a sleek black helmet with a
smoked face shield. Or maybe you'd prefer the helmet with flames on the sides? Maybe you'd prefer a skull cap instead?
See? The possibilities of how cool you can look on your bike are endless!
If you enjoy the wind going through your hair, then get a speed boat or a four wheeler and enjoy a much lower chance of accidents and collisions.
Besides, do you think our wonderful paramedics enjoy scraping your brains off the street or light pole? No. So, cut them a break, too, by trying your
damnedest to keep your brains between your ears where they belong. I always see bumper stickers that say "Look twice for bikers". Well, if I'm
going to go the extra mile to trying not run you over, why shouldn't you have to take responsibility for your own safety?
From the texting biker article:
The motorcycle crashed into a car driving the other way.
The driver of the car was not hurt.
It's nice that the driver forced into this situation was not physically hurt, but I'm betting this person is going to have nightmares and other
psychological issues trying to cope with the fact that they ran over a stupid person.
Everyone needs to be more responsible on the road, but I'd like to thank you for reading my rant. Maybe those who want us to look twice will think
twice about what rights they truly should be fighting for. It wouldn't hurt taking some of that energy you're using to fight the helmet law and
putting it towards a cause that's more important where there's many lives on the line instead of just yours.
In closing, I'm posting a link to a great article whose author puts it into perspective and says it better than I can.
I am not writing this to advocate for helmet laws. I’m asking, rhetorically, why we even need them in the first place. I understand that
Americans cherish their freedom and don’t like being told by government what to do, but there are lots of dangerous activities that aren’t
outlawed in 20 states the way riding helmetless is. As far as I know, you can run with scissors, juggle scorpions, ride laps in your closed garage or
barbeque indoors in California or New York. But why would you want to?