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Your Views: Here’s shocking truth about motorcyclists without helmets

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November 23, 2013

It is a sad truth that falling off a motorcycle usually results in death or debilitating head or internal injuries, leaving the biker disabled. But what should disturb us is stressed in an article in the Nov. 16 issue of the Economist titled “No brainer.”

In this article, Dr. Lori Terryberry-Spohr of Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., reports that medical care for the typical crashed, helmetless biker runs up to $1.3 million, of which an average of 63 percent is paid by the taxpayer—you and me! It goes on to mention that fewer than one-third of those injured bikers will ever work again—again becoming a burden on the taxpayer.

This burden on the taxpayer must be reduced! The use of helmets has to be enforced by law as it is in other states, such as Nebraska. Even though Wisconsin is in “Harley Territory,” let’s insist that our lawmakers in Madison use their backbones and enact a law requiring bikers to wear helmets.

Why should we pay for our bikers enjoying “the wind in their hair”?

REX FRITSCHI

Elkhorn



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