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Old Mar 29th 2019, 01:31 PM   #1
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A big thank you to California bikers

Ok, so I spent spring break on a trip with my wife and girls, making our way west to Disneyland. While in California, I took notice that almost all bikers were wearing almost all protective gear. All of them had helmets on, and not just skid lids, and almost all had a motorcycle jacket and gloves on.

The reason I find this important is not only from a biker perspective, but I am a traffic cop in Texas. I enforce traffic laws and of course work accidents. I get tired of going to motorcycle accidents where the rider was injured or killed and wasn't wearing any protective gear. The biggest offenders are the Harley and cruiser types. It irritates the crap out of me that they care more about looking like wannabe bad-asses than safety. And then they want to call us donor-cycles. I hardly ever see sport bikers anywhere without protective gear. I don't know what California's helmet law is, but it looked to me that everyone had a decent helmet and jacket.

So all you guys out west in the Golden State, I send a big thank you.
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Old Mar 29th 2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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I don't understand why there are states that allow helmets to be an option instead of mandatory. Even if it wasn't mandatory here in California, I'd wear one regardless. And those brain buckets........those are NOT helmets. That should also be treated as if someone isn't wearing a helmet.

Just because you didn't see it, doesn't mean it still doesn't happen. There are plenty of tools out here who ride in shorts, flip flops, tanktops/tshirts just cuz it's warm. Even in my short 3 mile commute to work, I see a couple of em just about every week. We have a gazillion riders out here and with that comes a lot of dumbasses who care more about lookin cool and others being able to see them more so than protecting themselves however possible. It's not cool when you end up in the hospital with road rash. That's if you're lucky enough to even survive.
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Old Mar 29th 2019, 03:52 PM   #3
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People that don’t wear helmets do the gene pool a favor. As for why they don’t wear one they usually have a diatribe about the guv’ment telling them how to live. What’s even dumber are the idiots that wear a beanie helmet with a fake Snell sticker in their attempts to fool the man. Whatever
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Old Mar 29th 2019, 06:13 PM   #4
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People that donít wear helmets do the gene pool a favor. As for why they donít wear one they usually have a diatribe about the guvíment telling them how to live. Whatís even dumber are the idiots that wear a beanie helmet with a fake Snell sticker in their attempts to fool the man. Whatever
If you're serious about thinning the herd, that's a bit drastic, but I agree with your sentiment. One problem with that is we as taxpayers will wind up paying for their stupidity, and we've all got better things to spend our money on. Another is if our emergency personnel (like the OP) are utilized to try to save what's left of individuals determined to do as little to protect themselves as possible, our friends, family and loved ones might not receive the timely care they require in an emergency.

I'm pissed when I see kids on bicycles, skateboards etc. without helmets. It doesn't take a lot to crush or pierce a skull. I've seen an idiot in my neighborhood with a newborn baby is his arms on his skateboard. Both times I saw him I didn't have my phone on me, as I'd call 911 in a heartbeat. I don't care how talented you might be on a skateboard, you're putting a newborn baby at risk, and you need a wakeup call, before your baby can't wake up anymore. But I digress.

We're all potential victims of our own foolishness, someone else's poor driving habits, an obstacle/animal appearing out of nowhere or a combination of the above. The least we can do is to try to protect ourselves.

I'm glad the OP found most of us here in the land of fruits and nuts acting responsibly. It can't be pleasant to have to witness the carnage that accidents create, especially when the proper gear could have made a difference.

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Old Mar 29th 2019, 06:49 PM   #5
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double0, afterward I did think of the fact that I saw a very small piece of the picture. I know almost all the people on here are ATGATT. Looking back on all the motorcycle accidents we've had, I noticed that we matched pretty close to the findings of the Hurt Report from 1981. That was kind of interesting that a study from almost 40 years ago is still relevant to today.
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double0, afterward I did think of the fact that I saw a very small piece of the picture. I know almost all the people on here are ATGATT. Looking back on all the motorcycle accidents we've had, I noticed that we matched pretty close to the findings of the Hurt Report from 1981. That was kind of interesting that a study from almost 40 years ago is still relevant to today.
The police near Disneyland are very protective of that area. I'm definitely on my best behaviour in that area if I go there at all.

ATGATT here for sure. Doesn't matter if I'm heading to my friend's house 2 blocks away.

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