A motorcycle helmet law is proposed by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-woods Cross. I don't really care if Utah has a helmet law or not. I don't ride my bike that much anymore and I usually wear my helmet when I do.
What irritates me is the way people try to make a point with baloney reasoning and statistics. Sen. Weiler says we are paying money because people are riding motorcycles without helmets. He said if this keeps up, the money will have to come from taxes or schools. He doesn't say how we are spending this money or how much we are spending. if I wanted statistics to support a helmet law, I would ask local hospitals how many of the people who couldn't pay their bills in the last five years were motorcycle riders with head injuries. If this puts motorcycle riders without helmets ahead of people with gun wounds, knife wounds or drug overdoes, maybe we have a reason for a helmet law.
If it can be shown that a state like Nevada with a helmet law has a better motorcycle safety record than Utah, we might have a reason for a helmet law.
Harley Davidson publishes a touring atlas every year for their HOG members. It contains a list of motorcycle laws by state. I compared motorcycle helmet laws from 1999 and 2013. In 1999, 22 states stated that everyone riding a motorcycle, regardless of age must wear a helmet. Now there are 19 states with a helmet law. I see that in 13 years, no state has passed a helmet law. Three states, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan have repealed their helmet laws since 1999. This really doesn't prove anything, but it makes me wonder if people riding motorcycles with no helmets are a problem. Does Michigan have money for schools, or are they using it to pay for motorcycle riders riding with no helmet?
If I see someone riding a motorcycle without a helmet, I don't see a threat. That person isn't going to hurt me. There are plenty of drivers that can hurt me.