ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Helmet Hot Button!

Re: Helmet Hot Button!

Mon, 3 Feb 1997 13:18:15 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-01-31 18:19:26 EST, you write:

<< Oh, wow! I had no idea the AERC had a policy of not printing photo's of
riders without helmets!

I have this terrible thing about someone legislating someone else's
I feel the same regarding the new safety belt laws. I have the right to do
whatever I do, or do not want to wear - as long as it does no harm to anyone


A bumber sticker sums it up for me: "Keep your Laws off my body!"
How about this? We have always felt that if an adult chooses not to wear a
helmet - whether on a horse or a motorcycle or whatever - he or she should
have the right to do so. Accordingly, any party who could in any way be held
liable for any injury would then be free of any obligation, including but not
limited to, Medicare, private insurance (unless an additional rider for this
purpose in purchased), ride management, or whoever. Along with the rights
come the responsibilities, and this to us is fair and judicious.

I have to say that I feel a little silly sometimes riding in a helmet at a
walk down or local trails on my grand old dam who rarely sppoks anymore. But
I do it, not only as an example to my students and daughters, but because I
don't ever want to leave my daughters motherless, AND I don't think my head
is readily replaceable. We do carry additional personal insurance, and justly
so; however, Having had a few close calls, over fences and down the trail, I
am always glad I put it on, about a 1/2 mile down the trail. So, the choice
should be the riders - and so should any repercussions.

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