Virginia Helmet Law Repeal Looking Good

Today, Virginia's House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee approved the bill that would repeal the State's mandatory helme...

Today, Virginia's House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee approved the bill that would repeal the State's mandatory helmet law. The law would still require riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. The next step is for the House, in full, to take a vote.

The News & Advance, a newspaper in Virginia, wasn't very happy about this. An opinion published in their paper today was critical of this vote, accusing the committee of "igoring reality":
Champagne also cited a University of Southern California study of 3,600 motorcycle crashes that showed that wearing a helmet was the single most important factor in preventing or reducing head and neck injuries. "When you suffer a head trauma injury, if you're fortunate enough not to be killed, you generally end up with such a disability that you may require long-term care for the rest of your life."

And who is going to pay for that? Delegate William J. Barlow, D-Isle of Wight, said that taxpayers are often saddled with the health care costs of crash victims who suffer brain injuries from motorcycle accidents.
However, the opinion ignores other facts and realities, such as these head injuries rarely ever get picked up by State funded health programs, because they are liability cases and are paid for through auto insurance policies, and then secondary through group health insurance policies.

But the newspaper opinion gave itself away in the last paragraph:
If it considers Champagne's testimony carefully, there's no way the full House could repeal the mandatory helmet law. It saves lives. But don't hold your breath. The individual's freedom to pursue his or her own course - no matter how dangerous or destructive - is running rampant in the House of Delegates.
Wow! Individual freedom running rampant in the House! I didn't know that was a problem.

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