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Helmet Laws…

on May 14, 2013

Today my daughter called me to tell me her new beau had died in a single motorcycle accident. My heart broke for her.

When I moved to Minnesota from Massachusetts, I was flabbergasted that there was no helmet law. I had never been in a state where there wasn’t one, and I’ve been up and down the East Coast from Florida to Ontario. It was something very common in the Midwest and I wasn’t getting it.

I posted on Facebook that I support helmet laws. Just that, nothing else. Of course there was a ruckus and that’s okay. Isn’t that what social media is about? Assuming people are reasonable, don’t use hate speech and don’t monopolize someone’s thread.

Some people compared it to “losing freedoms and how am I gonna tell my grandchildren about gay marriage”, which I found tangential. Another posted how she felt it fell into the “my body, my decision” category along with seat belts and abortion laws.

My feeling is a twist on the latter. I feel that abortion laws are “my body, my decision”. I don’t believe that seat belts and helmets are always. A car or motorcycle accident reaches out to so many people in so many ways. It devastates whole families and if someone lives and is a brain dead or crippled it can bleed a family emotionally, physically, financially, etc. Am I being heartless?

When I was younger we went for so many hospital visits, so many funerals for victims of car and motorcycle accidents. I believe helmets save lives.

My kid is in pain. She’s lost four friends to car/motorcycle accidents. I can’t fix her pain.




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