NTSB SAYS: WEAR HELMETS

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

Ron Sodko pulls up to lunch at Kegel's Diner in Rockford. He takes his motorcycle pretty much wherever he goes. And usually without a helmet. "I just love the feel of it, being out on the road, the wind." sais Sodko. He is well aware of the potential danger by not wearing a helmet, but he's ok with that. "In an accident you can die, you can die crossing the street too, it's the choices we make," Sodko said. They're choices Sodko feels he and other motorcyclists are entitled too when hitting the roads. But it's a freedom now getting challenged by the federal government. The National Transporation Safety Board recently made a recommendation requiring all states to have mandatory helmet laws. The reason: to curb what they call a steady rise in motorcycle deaths. There were about 48-hundred last year. Those on the other side of the helmet debate are happy to hear about the move from the NTSB. They stand by their feelings that safety far outweighs the choice to wear one of these. "My experience and probably anyone investigating an accident as a police officer, the better you can do to reduce injury in a crash, the better off you'll be," said Dane Person of the Rockford Police Department. Person says studies show those who don't wear helmets are three times more likely to get brain injuries in a crash. But for those like Sodko, it's a risk he's willing to take and enjoy as he gasses up for another ride. Illnois is one of three states in the country that don't have any sort of helmet laws on the books. There just isn't enough support in the state legislature to create any.


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