Sunday, April 15, 2012

Repeal of an old ridiculous law, the helmet requirement

I was caught up in work so I haven't been able to update this, including the normally weekly "Ridiculous Law of the Week."

My goal with this blog is to finish up the state rep districts, and update them with candidates around the time of the filing deadline. There's also locally been a lot of activity with the open prosecutor's race, as well as the sheriff's office which has an incumbent. There's also a contest for the Register of deeds and some county commission districts.

Snyder finally gets one right here. The helmet law is repealed.

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a bill making motorcycle helmets optional.

"While many motorcyclists will continue to wear helmets, those who choose not to deserve the latitude to make their own informed judgments," Snyder, a Republican, said in a news release Friday.

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, twice vetoed similar legislation.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, had strong support from motorcycle enthusiasts but was opposed by those who said it would increase insurance costs.

Snyder's office said he signed the bill Thursday.

Once I afford that Harley I've been talking about for the last 15 years, I'll be wearing the helmet despite this law. My problem isn't with helmets. My problem is when I could get a ticket for not wearing one. We shouldn't legislate stupidity. I oppose the seatbelt laws for the same reason. I oppose anti-marijuana laws (at home), anti-smoking laws, anti-gambling laws (outside zoning), restrictions on "unhealthy food", and other strict liability laws for the same reason. If you want to take a risk and harm yourself, that should be your decision as long as others are not directly harmed (unlike driving while stoned or drunk).

The major lesson here is that hard work pays off. ABATE is a very effective organization. I have crossed paths with them so many times at GOP conventions and also some members at 2nd Amendment events. While even some reps and congressmen like Tim Walberg are motorcycle riders, we all are aware of the "biker" stereotype. Yes, it's exaggerated to say the least, but sometimes stereotypes ring true in the eyes of politicians, and especially the media. Despite that, ABATE won. They won by hard work.

There's a lot of frustration right now with a lot of the new activists, particularly among tea party groups. Some of them understand how things work more than others. The key is that politics is a marathon, not a sprint. Concealed Carry took at least 6 years to pass here. The helmet law took 10. It takes sustained organization, contact, and hard work to separate those who are a flash in the pan, vs those who are important. Stay active, don't quit, work hard, and move forward inches at a time. ABATE did, and they got their big win.

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