Helmet law good for donor recipients

May 4, 2012

Dear Editor:

Well, I guess you have all heard the latest, Michigan helmet law was modified to allow riding without a helmet if you carry an additional $20,000.00 in medical coverage and are over 21 or have at least 2 years riding experience. Don’t look for much enforcement effort from our over worked law officers as they judge from a distance who is old enough or looks like they have enough experience or has coughed up for  extra insurance. I’m sure the penalty for noncompliance will be fifty or a hundred bucks so it will be much cheaper to forgo the cost. After all, with Michigan’s catastrophic insurance law they still have to care for any long term injuries you might sustain.

I guess I’m good with this because of some information I gathered last month when I went to a kidney transplant interview at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan last month. If I become eligible for a transplant, the present waiting list in Michigan is 5 to 6 years. The wait in Ohio or Wisconsin is only three years. The reason for this is that they don’t have helmet laws in their states. They call the fearless riders and their mounts donor cycles. The proponents of this new change in our law say there will be only an increase in approximately 15 fatalities in our state. They do 1,500 or more kidney transplants in Michigan a year now. If all 15 riders were organ donors, I doubt the waiting list would change from 6 to 3 years. Somebody doesn’t have their facts straight. I’ll bet my money on the transplant centers having their facts straight!

If you know anyone that chooses to exercise their right to ride without the protection of a helmet, ask them to sign a donor card. It’s easier on the loved ones and a lot of people will be forever grateful if this ever occurs.

Bob Scott ACD GWRRA Chapter J2 Clare, Michigan

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