CMT/ABATE Response to NTSB Mandatory Helmet Recommendation
For those who haven’t heard, the NTSB held a dog and pony show on September 11, supposedly to address motorcycle safety. The ONLY thing really addressed was helmet use, as if that is the silver bullet that will save all motorcyclists from impending death.
The problem as we see it is not helmets! Many factors need to be considered when looking at deaths and injury stats, not the least of which are the huge numbers of increased registrations, lack of training, sober riding and most of all, driver distraction. Over 50% of fatalities are caused by a car or truck violating the right of way of motorcyclists.
The NTSB says helmets are 16 percent effective in saving us from ourselves. THAT, my friends, is typical government baloney. The FACT is, helmets are 84 percent INEFFECTIVE! There is also enough evidence, like declining injury trends over the last 7 years that show helmets are not the answer. Furthermore, a recent report by NHTSA actually shows that many states without helmet laws have much lower fatality to accident ratios than states like Tennessee with mandatory use requirements.
Folks, IT IS NOT about helmets for those opposed to freedom. One look at the organizations like AHAS and III, which both released statements supporting NTSB’s recommendations, and you’ll see they are funded and supported by the insurance industry, the same folks who would love to see motorcycles banned from our highways.
Anyone hoping to be riding several years from now needs to wake up and step up by supporting organizations like the MRF, AMA and CMT/ABATE. These organizations and many others will continue the fight to protect your right to ride!
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Feel free to contact Legislative Director Mike Hays legislative at cmtabate.com (at=@)