Helmets have always been a bit of a sore spot for motorcyclists across the country. Perhaps it is the rebellious nature of the motorcycle itself that leads bikers to believe that no one can tell them what to do, but it is clear that many do not want to be told what gear they must wear. Well-respected motorcycle advocacy groups are constantly fighting against mandatory helmet laws, so when Florida repealed its helmet law, it was considered a win by some.
Lawmakers, however, are using Florida as an example—an example of what not to do. After the law was repealed for riders over 21, motorcycle deaths rose exponentially for years. Florida leapt into action, mandating motorcycle training, and the death toll dropped for a few years. However, fatalities are back up and rising steadily, and many are blaming the absence of a helmet law.
It is no secret that states without helmet laws see higher motorcyclist death rates, and Florida has led the charge in setting an example that repealing helmet laws leads to increased deaths. Still, the amount of states with mandatory helmet laws is dwindling rapidly, and many of the remaining states are pushing to repeal their existing laws.
Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet Is a Smart Choice
No matter which way you look at it, helmets save lives. While they are not mandatory for riders 21 years of age and older, it is a senseless risk to ride without the proper headgear. As motorcycle season hits full swing here in Sarasota, take the time to find a DOT-approved helmet and wear it every time you ride. You do not have to be a statistic—protect yourself and enjoy your hard-earned motorcycle for years to come.
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