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Against Helmet Laws Essay

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Aaron SandersAaron RaceEnglish 102Helmets are Head KillersImagine riding along in a car and you see a couple of guys pulling up on motorcycles. It is noticed that one of them has a sticker on his helmet that reads " I wear this helmet against my will" and the other has a shirt on that says "Helmet laws suck", or "I wear a helmet cause I have to not because I want to". To some, they probably think the riders a couple of whiners, that they do not have any real reason for the complaints. After all, motorists all around them are sitting in their cars wearing seatbelts which is required by law and they do not have a T-shirt or bumper sticker saying they do it against their will. A lot of people think helmet laws are a good idea, that they save lives, prevent serious head injuries, and keep health and auto insurance rates down. These people think those that complain about the laws are crying over spilled milk, and do not have any real reasons to complain. "Wearing a helmet can not be that bad".The truth is, most people do not ride motorcycles and are not aware of the dangers, misconceptions, and inconveniences that come with mandatory helmet laws. These people are the cause of the problem the helmet law really is because they are the majority and the majority rules in America. The majority of riders that were interviewed were against any laws that require helmet use with no exceptions. These riders think laws that require a person to wear a helmet are harmful, inconvenient, infringe on basic civil rights, and cause more problems than they solve even if they believe helmets offer more protection and they wear helmets themselves. Riders are by far the minority and are not often heard when laws and legislation are passed concerning helmets. This research will make it obvious that the general public, which are mostly non-riders, are not aware of the problems caused by helmet laws and do not have the knowledge about helmets to make an educated decision when it is time to vote on such laws. They are the cause of the problem when it comes to helmet laws, why they get passed when most riders oppose them, and why it will continue to be a problem if something is not done to change the trend.The truth about helmet is, they do not offer much protection past a certain (surprising) speed, they interfere with peripheral vision and hearing, must fit right to be effective, limit a rider's passenger capabilities, and cause riders to compensate for safety or makes them feel safer than they actually are. Relative to the number of registered bike riders, states with mandatory helmet laws had 12.5% more accidents and 2.3% more fatalities than free choice states for the fourteen year period from 1983 to 1997. (Mansis1) This means that helmets did not increase the safety for riders and did not prevent fatalities in the states where they were required, but actually did the opposite.The little problems and inconveniences helmets cause are not life or death but they add up. They...

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