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Turbans Replace Special Plastic Hats

April 2, 2018

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Turbans Replace Special Plastic Hats

Alberta has become the third Canadian province to allow adult motorcycle riders and passengers to wear turbans instead of helmets. The helmet law exemption is an accommodation to adherents of the Sikh religion. Male Sikhs are required to wear a kind of turban called a dastaar and carry a kind of dagger called a kirpan. […]

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Helmet Culture War Continues

March 1, 2016

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Helmet Culture War Continues

The helmet culture war – the front in the culture wars that requires motorcyclists to wear special plastic hats – just entered its fiftieth year. Forty-three years ago a Congressman named Stewart McKinney successfully sponsored an amendment to the National Highway Safety Act of 1966 that repealed the provision that compelled states enact helmet laws. […]

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New Push For Helmet Laws

November 22, 2013

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The helmet law debate, now in its 47th year, is starting to heat up again. In the last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the British Magazine The Economist have editorialized for a national, mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders. Yesterday a Republican Congressman from Michigan named Tim Walberg accused the CDC […]

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Chippie Sweats Easter Bunny

April 1, 2013

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A California Highway Patrol officer named Adam Griffiths stopped and detained an unnamed motorcyclist dressed up in a bunny suit yesterday. A CHP public information officer named Brian Pennings explained to news hungry reporters, “Griffiths stopped the motorcyclist on westbound Interstate 8 at Jackson Drive for not wearing a helmet. The guy was on his […]

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Motorcycle Pollution

November 19, 2009

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Yesterday, Arizona became the first state to try to opt out of the new air pollution regulations for motorcycles that are scheduled to take effect in 2010. The new set of laws would have mandated emissions testing for bikes registered in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In a written petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), […]

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The Helmet Culture War

November 25, 2008

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The war over motorcycle helmets is now in its 44th year. Everything that can be said has been said. And, yet the argument persists like malaria. If you are reading this, you probably do not appreciate helmet laws. But, let’s start by being honest, anyway. Okay? Why This Issue There is an overwhelming preponderance of […]

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