I was reading Ride Apart this weekend and saw this article on an impending Federal Law on mandatory helmet use for motorcyclists. I’m a bit conflicted on how I feel about this.
I wear a helmet all the time. A full face no compromises helmet. I think everyone should wear one. I believe you’re being at best naive or at worst stupid if you think it’s a good idea to ride in anything less than proper protection.
Riding a motorcycle is already seen as a reckless thing to do. If wearing a helmet reduces the amount of riders killed riding and makes them any statistically amount safer to ride we can hopefully put off even more “safety” legislation against motorcyclists. I would rather be forced to wear a helmet than a Hi vis Jacket or whatever else the Government can think up.
Sometimes though I wish we just had better training and education for all motorists. Getting a license to drive or ride is too easy in this country compared to many others. Even though I’m not sure I’d want some of the draconic laws they have in Europe… Maybe there is a happy medium?