We don’t know enough about the riders’ critical injuries to say a helmet would have prevented them, but we are saying the law approved earlier this year by the Michigan Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to make helmets optional is a big mistake.
The only good we see coming from the repeal of the helmet law is cooler heads and more organ donors.
The negatives far outweigh those positives — more deadly crashes, critical injuries and the potential for high insurance costs for all drivers.
The monetary cost to society is another problem cited by safety advocates. Annual medical and other costs for cyclists not wearing helmets involved in crashes averaged $310,000 per cyclist compared with $71,000 for cyclists wearing helmets, federal regulators say.
As you can see, the $20,000 insurance coverage that helmetless cyclists in Michigan are supposed to have doesn’t go very far.
We don’t like more and more regulations being pushed on us, but what a mess society would be if we didn’t have some rules to keep us safe.
And if cyclists don’t need a helmet, one could argue occupants of cars shouldn’t have to buckle up. But we all know that law has saved countless lives.
We all believe in freedom — but if motorcyclists want to use public roads, they should be required to abide by a few, sane rules.
We don’t know what was in the heads of our state legislators and Gov. Snyder when they made helmets optional, but more logical thinking should prevail, and wearing helmets should once again become mandatory.
Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.