No Helmet, No Benefit

A Feb. 18 news item referred to a legislative repeal of the law requiring mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets. The law was created to preserve life and limb. Statistics have shown the helmet has reduced head injuries and related physical disabilities.

It not only protects those who fail to demonstrate good common sense for personal safety, but we who pay additional tax or medical and disability expense to offset the care for the avoidable injuries of the bike rider with a macho attitude. Any amendment to the current law should include the provision that those who ride without a helmet shall not be entitled to the medical and social benefits provided by the system. The helmet legislation is no different from seat belt requirements except that it applies to fewer persons.

RICHARD W. GREEN

Thousand Oaks

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