A bill to be considered by the Tennessee House and Senate this week would give motorcyclists 21 years old or older to have the option of wearing a helmet while riding. Tennessee is currently one of 19 states, most of them southern, that require cyclists to wear a helmet while riding.
I know the motorcyclist's helmet does not go with the ethos of the open road, but is this law really a good idea? Yeah, your hair blowing in the wind while riding the Tail of the Dragon (U.S. 129 through Deal's Gap) is romantic; but concussions and contusions are not so cool.
It also begs the question: maybe the existence of a freedom does not necessarily require that someone act on it. Sometimes simple prudence should trump those rights! Yeah, I'm all for rights, and screw the Federal government; but sometimes a little bit of law is a good thing. Helmets reduce the extent of injuries; and motorcyclists have more than their share. And more injuries = more costs for TennCare.
|Obeying the helmet law.|