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Maryland's mandatory helmet law: Two opposing opinions



  • Lisa 6 years ago

    I agree with the helmet law. Since there is a seatbelt law it only makes sense for the helmet law for motorcycles. It does seem like a no brainer, you have absolutely no protection on your body, why not protect the area statistically known to be injured the most.

  • Cameron- Santa Fe Motorcycle Travel Examiner 6 years ago

    Although I would never so much as ride around a parking lot without a helmet, I do think helmets should be optional. But only if the laws are written so that if you bust your melon and become a vegetable, it is you and only you who are responsible. No lawsuits allowed against manufactures, road construction companies, or any other parties. Personally I think riding without a helmet is just plain DUMB, but different strokes and all that.

  • Patty Davis 6 years ago

    Check out my profile picture and will see someone in a full face helmet that I wear even in the summer in Kentucky. However I don't want to be told I HAVE to wear it. Same with smoking and dietary laws; I don't smoke or over salt my food but I don't want big brother government telling me how to live my life. Like Steve said, it boils down to liberty.

  • Brad 6 years ago

    Let the natural selection process take place. Cars are safer than motorcycles, trucks are safer than cars, walking is safer than riding a bike, etc... If we follow the logic to an extreme, we would all be walking. If we use laws to mandate helmet use because of statics, what next? Will they outlaw motorcycles because they are statistically less safe than cars? Make each licensed driver and their spouse and/or guardian sign over their estate to pay all expenses for the clean up if they don't wear a seat belt or a helmet. And give EMS responders a percentage as a bonus :)

  • Vance 6 years ago

    I'm of the opinion when a state or the fed make a law they should be willing to pay for any monetary consequences IE seat belt causes someone harm they pick up the tab. When you mandate anything .... pay for it. That's not what happens. My Dad rode in a state that had a helmet law he had a wreck and lived as a vegetable for the next 30 years due to brain damage. No helmet would have meant death much simpler. Helmets cause brain damage and there are worse things than death.

  • Merrill 6 years ago

    I believe in personal choice. Comparison between seatbelt and helmet is not valid since a seatbelt can prevent an accident while a helmet has no bearing. I believe that since the state mandates helmet usage, then they should be responsible for any consequences of such actions.

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