What is your story when it comes to riding motorcycles? Do you ride one? Do you have a family member/friend that was hurt while riding a motorcycle? Do you work with motorcycle accident patients? When Judiciary Subcommittee B and the House met this week, there were many stories that were told about personal experiences and how they have shaped the thought of whether House Bill 109 “Require Safety Helmets/Under 21”should be passed the bill has been converted to a study for further investigations into the details.
This is a hot topic that raises points on both sides of the argument. The arguments about safety, rights, liberty, and medical bills are not one that will end any time soon. There were interesting points made for both sides of the argument.
For HB 109:
• People need to make their own decisions and be responsible for the consequences.
• If we have the government bureaucrats regulate wearing a helmet, what else are they going to regulate?
• Motorcyclists understand the risk associated with riding.
Against HB 109:
• Cost of medical insurance will go up because there is a greater risk involved. Health care is not free; where is the money going to come from?
• Wearing a helmet saves a life and personal liberties should be for the safety of all.
So, what is your story?
“It should be the personal responsibility of the rider to decide whether they want to wear a helmet. It is a personal choice and should not be decided by any governmental agency. Helmet laws take away one’s individual liberty to decide what is best for themselves and their lives.”
–Mark, Fastest Speed 223.8MPH
Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston), the bill’s sponsor, and motorcycle enthusiasts argued fatality rates in states with strict helmet requirements are not statistically different from those that have exceptions or none at all. But converting a bill into a study was a way to keep the debate going; otherwise the issue would have died until 2015.