My roommate is one of these “look to government for everything” kind of guys. Very much the typical “liberal democrat.” I, on the other hand, am the opposite. I believe in government hands off and personal freedoms.
We got to arguing about helmet laws last night. He said that he worked on a project for his public policy class and said that they concluded that helmet laws should be enforced. His main claim is that 40% of motorcycle accidents require medical assistance paid by the government, averaging to be $150 per motorcycle rider/yr. He also said that there is a loss to society (one less person to work) and “what about the kids of the person.”
It is my contention that it should be up to the rider. As for the cost, I compared it to rock climbing (his favorite activity) or another extreme sport which imposes the risk of loss on society, yet we do not ban those activities. If a person wants to risk their head, then it should be their option.
So, what does everyone think about that? Has anyone heard any other figures as far as societal cost? He also claimed that 81% of non-riders and 50% of riders think there should be such a ban, do you think these figures are accurate?