I live in Maryland where a helmet law is in effect. I'm just 13 miles from the Delaware state line and Delaware does not have a helmet law. The Delaware law states that you don't have to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle, but you must have one in your posession when you're riding. I'm still trying to figure the logic behind that. Many Maryland bikers will stop after crossing over into Delaware and remove their helmets. Mine stays on my head. I have participated in anti helmet law rallies before Maryland had a helmet law. I have always been opposed to a helmet law. I wear my helmet by choice but I feel that those who don't want to wear one should have the freedom of choice. It's not the helmet that I oppose, it's the law that demands I must wear one. It's my head and I should have the right to bust it if I choose to. Indian Larry died as a result of a head injury while performing a stunt on his motorcycle. Had he been wearing a helmet, he would most likely still be with us today. I guess wearing a helmet just wasn't cool. Maybe it's much cooler to be dead. No disrespect intended toward Indian Larry. He was an expert rider and a master stuntman. It was a mechanical failure that caused his accident, not human error. Regardless, he's just as dead one way or the other. Since the head is the most vulnerable part of your body, and 95 % of all motorcycle accidents involve trauma to the head, that's why I choose to wear a helmet. There is no guarantee that a helmet will save my life, but it will definitely improve my chances of survival in the event I should take a spill. There's an old saying I've always heard and I don't know how true it is, but it goes like this: "There are only two kinds of bikers, those who have gone down, and those who are going to go down" The road is very hard and unforgiving. If I go down, I want to protect my melon. For those who choose not to wear a helmet, it's not my place to tell you you should wear one. It's not my place to even suggest you wear a helmet. I feel it's a personal thing. I've heard all the arguments about what if someone becomes a vegetable and becomes a burden on the taxpayers. I come back with: " How about all the smokers who get lung cancer despite the warnings on the cigarette packs. Do your tax dollars pay for their medical expenses?" NO! End of subject. My personal belief is riding a motorcycle without a helmet is like walking a tight rope without a safety net. You may do it a thousand times without incident, but it only takes one time. Life is too short to take unnecessary risks. That's why I don't ride without a helmet. I still respect the rights of those who choose not to wear one. Helmet Laws SUCK!
If it weren't for my helmet, I wouldn't have anyplace to put all my stickers. Like one of the stickers on my helmet says: "Let Those Who Ride Decide"
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