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Essay on Helmet Laws

August 20th, 2009 No comments

Helmet laws have become a subject for controversy over the years. Although, they are designed to protect them, many bikers believe that helmet laws violate their freedom. I think that the pros of wearing a helmet outweigh the cons. I’ve found that wearing a helmet helps to eliminate noise from wind and keep the wind from my face. Also, wearing a helmet allows me to see further, and take basic maneuvers in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle. But, most of the bikers that I know choose to ride without a helmet. Should they be denied their right to ride without a helmet, and risk their safety? Should they have to wear a helmet at all times? Or should the ability to ride without a helmet be reserved for older, more experienced riders?

Each state has a separate statute regarding the use of a helmet. Furthermore, most states have laws that discriminate younger riders from riding without a helmet. Of the fifty states, only Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire are one hundred percent helmet law free. Out of the other forty-six states, twenty-one have full helmet laws for all riders. Florida is included in those twenty-one states. Twenty states have helmet laws that exempt adult riders, riders that are eighteen years of age or older. Lastly, there are five states that discriminate against bikers between the age of eighteen and twenty-one (motorcycle laws). Most states also have laws regarding eye protection, daytime use of a headlight, mirrors, blinkers, and passenger restrictions. Read more…