Helmet Laws = boo

I think we’re a pretty motorcycle-and-scooter heavy group, so I wanted to make sure y’all knew that the vote on Alderman Edward Burke‘s (14th) proposed helmet ordinance for the city of Chicago is coming up on November 3.

Regardless of what you think about the importance of helmets to motorcycle safety (and yes, I usually wear one) all you have to do is look at those little “helmets” they wear on American Choppers (New York State has a helmet law) to realize that all a helmet law does is make people who don’t really want to wear a helmet go out and buy a $40 piece of plastic.

I’ve already emailed my alderman (find yours) and asked her to vote no on the helmet ordinance.

Sun-Times: Alderman proposes city helmet law

4 Comments so far

  1. Alana Waters (unregistered) on October 21st, 2004 @ 3:51 pm

    Most of those skull cap style helmets are illegal in helmet-required states and riders do get ticketed for not being in compliance. As for the helmet laws in the State of Illinois, I actually support them. I wear a full-face Snell and DOT approved helmet when I ride and feel sick to my stomach when I see these Squids racing down the Kennedy at 100mph wearing nothing more than shorts and flip flops. 90% of them don’t even have their M class, so there’s a pretty good chance they never stopped to do so much as read a copy of Proficient Motorcycling or take a safety course. They’re young and dumb and have no idea what’s going to happen to them, their head, their flesh when they hit that asphalt at top speed. Worse case, head to toe skin grafts or death. Best case, they drool into a cup for the rest of their lives.

    Helmets may be optional, but the laws of natural selection aren’t.

  2. fasteddie (unregistered) on October 21st, 2004 @ 5:04 pm

    There’s a reason that the emergeny room doctors and nurses call them “donorcycle” accidents. Head injuries make for a lot of harvestable organs.

    Agreed, those dumb little helmets are not a lot of protection. Get a real one and wear it.

  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on October 21st, 2004 @ 5:10 pm

    As a personal recommendation, of course I say “wear a helmet”. But a city ordinance *requiring* me to wear one just… rankles. Especially when there’s no state law mandating the same.

  4. Alana Waters (unregistered) on October 21st, 2004 @ 6:08 pm

    Fuzzy, obviously you’re smart enough to protect yourself. What do you think about those 16-17 year old kids on their new CBRs without a lick of gear on ’em? As a mom, I feel that the law should mandate they protect themselves against their own stupidity. Don’t you wince when you see those guys on their sport bikes without helmets?

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