Mr. Breeze wrote:
For those of you that 'think' you wear a 'DOT Approved' helmet. You don't. The D.O.T. does not 'Approve' anything. This is where we have all been hoodwinked.
The FMVSS 218 regulatory scheme is aimed at the manufacturer, and in that scheme, the MANUFACTURER self-certifies that the helmet will pass the testing that is FMVSS. That would be fine if there was some sort of control in place.
Why do you suppose that lawmakers are so adamant that we wear a piece of equipment that fails testing about 45% of the time?
The DOT/NHTSA or any other government agency WILL NOT and CANNOT APPROVE of any item manufactured ANYWHERE. They government is not empowered to APPROVE ANY consumer product, and never will be.
I knew that
I have 4 helmets (that I'm aware of, might be more). All have the DOT sticker on them.
Here in NY we have to deal with motorcycle only 'safety' checkpoints especially if you're going to something like Americade, even though the Supreme Court has deemed them to be illegal (think profiling).
I wear a police type 1/2 helmet most of the time and a full face the rest.
I don't wear one for the safety, I wear one for the comfort.
The 1/2 protects my head from the sun and the occasional dive bombing bug. The full (which I've been wearing all week) protects me from the rain and hail.
On my last trip to Fl. I wore my helmet the whole time for a couple of reasons. 1 I had other things to think about other then if I was in a state where I could ride without one and 2. I didn't really have anywhere else to put it other then on my head.
As far as mandatory helmet laws I think they suck and are degrading to us. The idea that the state thinks I'm intelligent enough to ride a motorcycle but not smart enough to decide if I should wear a helmet or not tells me they are more concerned about taking my money and not really concerned about my health. But then in NY that's all they are concerned about anyways.I've been seriously thinking about joining A.B.A.T.E. mainly because of the helmet law. But even if I had the choice I'd still wear one most of the time.
The other law I have issues with is the seat belt law. I've worn a seat belt for years before they made it a law. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out you don't want to exit a car or truck through the windshield.