Enforcement of DOT Helmets

We all know that motorcycling is dangerous. We as riders understand the risk we assume once we get on the bike. Do we need law enforcement choosing what we should wear for head protection? They sure don’t purchase D.O.T. helmets for people like us but some are required to buy one. Perhaps it might be reasonable to have mandatory D.O.T. requirements if others were in jeopardy as a result of not wearing one. But that isn’t the case. When we ride with no motorcycle helmet, it’s our own safety risk that increases.

When did the thought of D.O.T. as an authority on helmet safety occur? Most likely only because of the fact it’s one the oldest helmet evaluation agencies known in the states. Years ago, yes, D.O.T. approved helmets were most likely the best to choose from. Helmet technology has widely increased over the past several years.

Regardless that there are smaller, lighter, and tougher helmets available now. Law makers still enforce the little D.O.T. approved label. Common sense tells me the helmet provides protection, not the sticker on the back. There is nothing wrong with wearing a D.O.T. helmet. If I do decide to use a smaller or higher quality helmet, the decision ought to be mine. Law makers may have their own point of view of what is a good helmet is, but that should not force our hand within the things we wear or shop for.

If I decide to use one, I’d like an American made product. Every DOT helmet I have seen lately has a foreign origin label inside. I’m not certain why they’re made outside U.S.A. and yet we impose DOT laws inside the U.S.A. Maybe a political trade arrangement with foreign countries? I’m not trashing foreign made merchandise. With an huge motorcycle market, it sounds as if our economic system could only gain if the so called “approved” helmets were built in the U.S..

Aside from what kind or type of helmet we may be obligated to buy, it’s better to wear at least some type of protection on your head. Few could argue that. I find it odd that it is perfectly legal to text and drive in some states but illegal to ride without a helmet. So, in law enforcement’s eyes, it’s okay to endanger others while driving and playing on the phone but not ok to assume a risk that only effects our own safety. The decision to wear or not wear a helmet should be left up to the individual person.

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