Should Connecticut Reinstate the Motorcycle Helmet Law?
Connecticut lawmakers are talking about bringing back the motorcycle helmet law. Your thoughts?
The law that said all bikers must wear a helmet was repealed in 1976. In 1989 the Connecticut General Assembly passed the 'partial helmet law' which stated that anyone under the age of 18 must wear a protective helmet when riding a motorcycle. According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut lawmakers are again considering whether to require motorcyclists to wear helmets and many bikers are none too happy about it.
Motorcyclists gathered at Connecticut's state Capitol this past Monday to show their opposition to the proposed law. Bikers who attended the hearing told the legislature's transportation committee that wearing a helmet interferes with their hearing and sight on the road and claim it's an impediment to their safety. Here's a quick video on helmet laws from Feb. 2017 from WTNH-TV.
Advocates said, as they always have that wearing a helmet cuts down on the risk of dying in a motorcycle accident. According to saferoads.org., motorcyclists were 28 times more frequently killed in a traffic crash. According to an official 2012 government report:
Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets are the only strategy proved to be effective in reducing motorcyclist fatalities.
So why are bikers fighting against the proposed helmet law? Many riders are simply saying that it should be up to the individual to make the decision, not the government as to whether they should wear a helmet. Heath Galvin, a Harley rider who opposes the helmet law said,
No drivers should have to wear no helmet. It's your choice. If you crash with a helmet, you could break your neck.
My question to Connecticut bikers is, "Are you for or against the proposed motorcycle helmet law in Connecticut and why?"