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HEADLINE: NATION'S TOP TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL URGES MANUFACTURERS TO PROVIDE FREE OR DISCOUNTED DOT CERTIFIED HELMETS OR DRIVER SAFETY TRAINING WITH PURCHASE OF EVERY NEW MOTORCYCLE

BYLINE: States News Service

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The following information was released by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Saying "the time has come to make the helmet standard safety equipment," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters today called on manufacturers to provide free or heavily discounted DOT certified helmets or driver safety training with the purchase of every new motorcycle sold in the United States.

"Helmets and proper training are just as important as brakes or headlights when it comes to the well-being of motorcyclists," Secretary Peters said. "We shouldn't be letting any customer take a bike out of the store without a helmet as part of the package. Safety shouldn't have to be an option when purchasing a motorcycle."

Secretary Peters said only 58 percent of riders wear helmets today, which is down 13 percent from just four years ago. She added that manufacturers could help reverse the trend by getting helmets into riders' hands and training them how to ride safely, noting that 700 motorcyclists would survive crashes every year if they wore helmets.

During remarks to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Indianapolis, the Secretary praised those manufacturers already providing free training for riders. However, she said she was asking for help from manufacturers because while motorcycles account for only two percent of the vehicles on the road, they are involved in over 10 percent of all crashes. She added that motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled in 10 years and now account for over 4,500 highway deaths and 78,000 injuries each year. Even worse, the crash rate among motorcyclists in the 50 plus age group has increased by over 400 percent, she said.

The Secretary noted that the helmet she was wearing during her 2005 motorcycle crash likely prevented severe head injury. "I know from first-hand experience how effective helmets can be," she said.

Secretary Peters also said the Department of Transportation was "attacking" the challenge of motorcycle safety on several fronts. Last September, the Department awarded over $6 million in safety grants to states to support motorcycle safety. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration has established a Motorcycle Advisory Council to focus on making roads safer for motorcyclists and will continue work begun by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a Motorcycle Crash Causation Study to identify why motorcycle crashes occur and find ways to reduce the fatality and injury rates.
 

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Catahoulabulldog said:
Last September, the Department awarded over $6 million in safety grants to states to support motorcycle safety.
I wonder if Florida got a safety grant after changing the law so that helmets are not required ::)

I just dont get it. Make a manufactuer supply helmets at purchase but the states laws say you dont have to wear them :jerkit:

Lets spend some more money to find out why more people are dying in MC accidents.... :horse:
 

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My thoughts on the matter: 


I am sick and tired of the government regulating personal resposibility. :horse: :violent1:

Look at it this way.   Do most of us know helmets and protective gear are a good idea?  Gonna guess yes.  Don't know about you guys, but I try and pass along the importance of helmet and gear every chance I can.  I'll guess that most of you do to.
However....  If you take your spanking new R6 out (uninsured or liability only prob) and kill yourself because you were a  :squid: with no gear on, I don't feel bad for you!!  Is it sad, yes; do I feel bad for your family and friends; yes....  But maybe they'll learn from your mistakes! 
Realisticly speaking that is better than said  :squid: convincing his friends it's ok to ride without gear. (insert reason of choice here: it's too hot, it restricts my movement/vision, it's not cool...)
If the government is going to get involved, they should provide statistics regarding the morbidity/mortality rates of motorcyclists with and with out gear.  Then let people make their own choices.
Some politicians aren't going to be happy till you're seatbelted into your lazy boy, drinking purified water, eating tofu, while wearing a helmet and condom, watching PBS. 
Stop interfering with natural selection!!!!

Sorry rant mode off..........
 

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Then let people make their own choices.
Some politicians aren't going to be happy till you're seatbelted into your lazy boy, drinking purified water, eating tofu, while wearing a helmet and condom, watching PBS.
Sounds like a typical weekend at Cheaps house :gayaway:

My problem is the ones who choose not to wear the helmets are driving the cost up for the rest of us. $10K insurance could evaporate in a single day in the hospital and who pays the rest??
The rest of us.
I don't want to pay for someone elses lack of good judgement so they can be "free" to do so. operating a motor vehicle is a privilege in the USA not a right.
 

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I don't want to pay for someone elses lack of good judgement so they can be "free" to do so.
I agree with ya there Dobie, but where do you draw the line? That jackass on that R1 :violent1:  would've had a helluva skin graph bill had he fallen off, so should it be a law to wear full protective gear all of the time? You will see me wearing my leather jacket(not mesh!) even on 90+ deg days now, I know how important it is. But what if I jump on speedy to ride 10 miles into town one hot summer day, I may decide to go without my  jacket. I just don't see how the govt will ever reasonably draw the line.  :horse:

dfib said:
I am sick and tired of the government regulating personal resposibility.
:sign5:
 

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I agree too.... We should not have to pay for the stupidity of others!!!

A good solution escapes me at the moment. Well short of selling the deceased organs for a profit anyway.... :wtf:
I know not cool, don't even lecture! :gtfo:
My fear is how long before the idiots in power do something really foolish in attempt to gain votes. Say seatbelts on motorcycles, mandating which gear we need to wear, limiting cc's, HP, or acceleration, etc....... Is it out of the realm of possibility that 10 years down the road bikes will have computers that limit the speed to 80mph or less, so that us "irresponsible motorcyclists" are less of a burden on the health care system?
 

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Fine don't want to wear a helmet go ahead but they should be required to carry $1M worth of health insurance to cover their stupidity....sorry I don't want to help pay for it.

This argument has been typed out many times on other forums and I know will not be settled here. :horse:
 

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Is it out of the realm of possibility that 10 years down the road bikes will have computers that limit the speed to 80mph or less, so that us "irresponsible motorcyclists" are less of a burden on the health care system?
+1, that's what I'm talk'n about dfib. But Dobie, I agree that this will never be resolved. No one ever knows where to draw the line. Look at Devi, he's trying to git 250hp out of a speed triple! :shocker: ;D
 

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I can see it now, Stainless and Kevlar suits of armor lined with Kleenex tissues - all DOT approved. Bikes with airbags. Tickets written for lack of training wheels that are mandatory in the rain.

The problem is that there is not two sources for traffic fatalities and safety information that even agree whether helmets are better or worse. Laws are made without any basis as to real world safety.

I don't begine to know all the answers, but until safety becomes more about being safe, and less about making money, we won't have all the information we really need on this subject.

Dfib - not 250, I may stop at 140. ANd then again, I may not. :twofinger:
 

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Too true Dobie!

Maybe a good discount on insurance if the rider signs a contract stating he'll always wear good gear would convince more people to use protection. Sure there will be some who sigh the conrtact and ride without, but maybe a few more would buy good gear if they were saving a couple hundred a year..... Maybe we (motorcyclist should be part of the solution. Mandate gear for organized rides, etc...

Maybe they should make all riders look at pictures of horrific crashes prior to getting thier lisence.
I could have provided some pictures over the years that would turn stomaches for sure!
 

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Devious2xs said:
I don't begine to know all the answers, but until safety becomes more about being safe, and less about making money, we won't have all the information we really need on this subject.
+1 again, I feel that it's all more about how much revenue can they generate than anything. They could care less about saving you any money on your insurance. Has your insurance premiums went down since seat belt laws? :violent1: Mine sure hasn't! :mad:
 

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Devious2xs said:
I don't begine to know all the answers, but until safety becomes more about being safe, and less about making money, we won't have all the information we really need on this subject.
+1 again, I feel that it's all more about how much revenue can they generate than anything. They could care less about saving you any money on your insurance. Has your insurance premiums went down since seat belt laws? :violent1: Mine sure hasn't! :mad:
True, but with airbags, ABS, and all wheel drive it has!

Side note: In the last 9 years as a paramedic I have seen less than 6 accidents where the patient was or would have been better off without a seatbelt. Out of those 6 only one was killed because of the seatbelt, and it may not have really mattered due to the nature of the wreck.... BTW - I go to A LOT of accidents!!!
 
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