The Michigan House of Representatives today passed legislation that would repeal Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law:
With hundreds of motorcycle riders outside the Capitol, the Michigan state House today passed a controversial repeal of a mandate for riders to wear helmets.
The legislation passed by a 66-37 vote and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Essentially the bill would allow riders 21 and older to go without helmets if they have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have taken a safety course. An additional requirement would mandate that riders carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance.
The Governor is expected to veto the measure, which is a shame because I fully support it. I don’t own a motorcycle myself, but if I did I wouldn’t ride it without a helmet on and I don’t need to State to tell me it’s a good idea. If people want to take the risk of riding without a helmet then they should have that option so long as they are willing to accept the consequences of that decision. I feel the same way about seatbelt laws. Riding in a car without a seatbelt on is a form of Natural Selection in action.
I think part of the reason there are so many stupid people around to fuck up the country these days is because we’ve been forcing them to wear seatbelts and helmets and they’ve been surviving their own stupidity as a result. It’s gotten so bad that stupid people have to resort to idiotic stunts they try to capture on video—like setting their own pants on fire or car surfing—as a means of eliminating themselves from the gene pool.