Re: ATVTORTURE POLL
Here we go...flame me if you wish, but I feel that helmet laws should be in effect. You say it's your right not to wear a helmet, I say it is my right to ensure that you are protected. Why is this you may ask? Because when you have an accident in which a helmet could have saved you, it will be my tax dollars that send the paramedics to your rescue (which I hope will be successfull) not only for monetary purposes, but for your families sake, and not to mention for the benefit of the sport. We all know what happens when something bad happens on an ATV. More bad publicity for the entire sport. Trust me folks, that is something the sport does not need.
We fail to remember, that most everything we do will in some way impact someone else. It may be a complete stranger, or it could be a loved one. "Most" of the laws we have in relation to safety are for our protection as well as the protection of everyone else. Prime case; Mr. Honda was riding his quad down a trail a leisurely pace on a bright and clear day and Mr. Yama was riding the same trail but at a vivid, adrenline pumping pace. Mr. Honda was not wearing a helmet because he did not have to and knew he would only be riding very easy terrain at a very conservative pace. Mr. Yama was wearing a helmet because he knew he would be WOT a lot and hitting more technical lines on the trail. Mr. Honda rounds the curve and Mr. Yama is powersliding the same turn, the two meet and this resulted in a catostophic event for Mr. Honda and Mr. Yama because Mr. Honda was killed instantly leaving his wife, children, and parents behind, who became very bitter with the sport and started taking an active role in protesting our right to ride period. Mr. Yama was not seriously hurt, but he has to live with the consiquences of both his actions and Mr. Honda's that day for the rest of his life. Mr. Yama quit riding altogether and to this day has nightmares about what happened. The trail was closed indefinitely because the law suit Mr. Honda's family brought against the owners forced them into bankruptcy. This is not a true story, but only an insight to what happens (and it HAS happened).
I wear a helmet everytime (unless I move my quad from one side of the yard to the other. If I'm working on the quad, I will wear a half helmet. If I'm riding full throttle or technical, I'll wear a full face MX. And yes, I will tell you that you should have on a helmet if your riding with me, but I will not flame you for it and I am not flaming you now. It is my opinion. And nothing more.
Let the flaming begin. :violent5: