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Motorcycle Requirements

Time to insist on reasonable requirements for motorcyclists
By: Chris Elliot Archives

"Just as Rock Hudson’s death brought the AIDS epidemic to the forefront of American consciousness, Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident without a helmet has brought brain buckets back into the pop topic tent. The subject is of particular relevance in New Hampshire, as we are one of four states that has no helmet law.

When speaking of motorcycle helmets “Live Free or Die” says it all, though to substitute one conjunction for another, “Live Free and Die” might be more appropriate, as 10 motorcycle riders were killed in New Hampshire this week. Most of them were not wearing helmets.

Bike Week, the New Hampshire Lakes Region’s annual celebration of motorcycle culture, just wrapped up its bloodiest season in recent memory, but not by much. Three died last year in the Loudon area over Bike Week, and nine died in 2004. New Hampshire may have to look again at whether the insurance lobby has a point in pushing for a helmet law in New Hampshire."

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