Comment 81822

By John Neary (registered) | Posted October 17, 2012 at 11:06:35 in reply to Comment 81774

Yes, if I had no regard for individual rights, or if I were ignorant of the other consequences of helmet laws.

People are allowed to do all sorts of things (smoke, eat terrible food, operate automobiles) that cause far more harm to public health than cycling without a helmet does. I don't propose to ban all of those activities because I don't believe that the state should have that much power over citizens.

And as Ryan has pointed out over and over again, helmet laws have deleterious secondary consequences, such as discouraging people from cycling. I would rather see people cycle with helmets than without, but I would also rather see people cycle without helmets than drive SUVs.

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