Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Steelers Fans For Re-Instating the Helmet Law

Two days before Roethlisberger's motorcycle crash a similar accident occurred in front of my apartment complex. In fact, the accident was almost identical to that experienced by Roethlisberger: A minivan turned left across a motorcyclist's path and the cyclist rammed into the passenger side of the van. In Arizona, as in Pennsylvania, motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets, and like most Arizona bikers, this particular rider was not wearing any protection. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In light of Roethlisberger's accident I'd like to propose an idea to the Steelers Nation: Namely, organizing ourselves with the goal of getting Pennsylvania's helmet law re-instated. Neither of The Steelyard's proprietors is a Pennsylvania resident so we can't lead the way, but if the law were re-instated at least some good would come from Roethlisberger's wreck. We don't know much about Pennsylvania politics but it would seem that support for a helmet law ought to be at an all-time high right about now. Maybe we can get governor Ed Rendell to reverse field?

And who knows, in light of the circumstances, maybe Big Ben will one day come around and publicly advocate re-instating the law. Any thoughts?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not the states responsibility to protect people from themselves.

Laws that regulate stupidty don't work.
Why dont you propose banning motorcycles all together.

11:14 AM  

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