Motorcycle helmet law

[begin former ER nurse soapbox]

Don’t even start me on the effort to repeal Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law. Yes, I know, the government shouldn’t tell us what to do, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, in this case, riders without helmets may cost me money and that makes me mad. The local trauma unit is full of comatose people who were exercising their right to do as they please. Having $10,000 in insurance won’t even cover the labor for cleaning these people’s brains off the road, much less the cost of lifetime care.

Sure, riding a motorcycle or driving a car can be inherently dangerous and, you could end up in the hospital, anyway. But, not taking reasonable precautions is irresponsible (cue people who maintain helmets and seatbelt cause more injuries and deaths) and it affects more than just that person.

[/former ER nurse soapbox]

2 Comments so far

  1. Jackson Miller (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 6:49 am

    When I was down in Florida I was amazed at the percentage of people who rode without a helmet. It made me not want to drive on the same road with them.

  2. Lesley (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

    Being the semi-libertarian I am, I used to be opposed to both helmet and seatbelt laws, but my mom explained to me the burden on the taxpayers due to the medical expense that can arise from the lack of legislation. So I’ve mostly changed my mind.

    But I still think that kids look like dorks with their bicycle helmets on. I guess it’s the 9-year-old bully that still dwells within me.

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