Freedom to wear a helmet or not
From Eric Dondero at LR:
The White House and the Transportation Safety Administration has a full ban on riding a motorcycle without a helmet on its legislative agenda for 2011.
From KLTV - Tyler, TX:
TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Motorcycle riders across the country may soon be forced to wear a helmet if a proposed federal law passes. Right now, in Texas, anyone over the age of 21 is exempt from wearing a helmet. But that may change if the National Transportation Safety Board gets their way.One rider interviewed by KLTV suggested that requiring helmets could be a safety hazard. Continuing:
The NTSB says motorcycles make up only three percent of vehicles on the road, but 13 percent of all fatal crashes.
For 35 years, Bubba Parker has hit the highway with nothing but a bandana on his head. That's how he likes to ride.
"I'm out in the wide open kind of like your old cowboy days they had the big gray horses and we got these old iron horses and it's just the freedom of it," said Parker.
And the freedom to wear a helmet, or not. Soon, bikers may not have that choice. Parker says confining his head to a helmet kills his biking experience.
"For me, I like to be able to hear what my motor is doing," said Parker. "I can judge my speed. I can listen to what's going on around me, and with a helmet I just feel like I'm all caged up."
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