It’s well known that motorcycling is dangerous. We as bikers know the associated risk we assume when we get on the bike. Do we really need law makers deciding on what we should wear on our own head. They don’t purchase D.O.T. helmets for individuals but yet some people are required to buy one. Maybe it could be reasonable to have mandatory D.O.T. law if other people were in jeopardy due to not wearing one. But that isn’t the deal. If we ride with out headgear, it’s our personal safety risk that increases.
When did the thought of D.O.T. as an authority on helmet safety occur? Most likely only because of the fact it’s one the oldest helmet evaluation agencies known in the states. Years ago, yes, D.O.T. approved helmets were most likely the best to choose from. Helmet technology has widely increased over the past several years.
Regardless that there are smaller, lighter, and stronger helmets available now, law makers still require the D.O.T. approved decal. Reason tells me the helmet does the protecting, not the sticker on the backside. There is nothing wrong with wearing a D.O.T. helmet. If I decide to wear a smaller or better made helmet, the decision should be mine. Law makers may have their own viewpoint as to what is a good helmet is, but that should not force our hand with the decisions we make on apparel.
If I decide to use one, I’d like an American made product. Every DOT helmet I have seen lately has a foreign origin label inside. I’m not certain why they’re made outside U.S.A. and yet we impose DOT laws inside the U.S.A. Maybe a political trade arrangement with foreign countries? I’m not trashing foreign made merchandise. With an huge motorcycle market, it sounds as if our economic system could only gain if the so called “approved” helmets were built in the U.S..
Aside from what kind or type of helmet we may be obligated to buy, it’s better to wear at least some type of protection on your head. Few could argue that. I find it odd that it is perfectly legal to text and drive in some states but illegal to ride without a helmet. So, in law enforcement’s eyes, it’s okay to endanger others while driving and text messaging but not okay to assume a risk that only effects the individual biker. The decision to wear or not wear a helmet should be left up to the rider.
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Author: Karen WillowsThis author has published 1 articles so far.