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Motorcyclists share bicyclists' helmet concerns

As a motorcyclist, I am always fascinated by the concerns of bicyclists as to helmets ("Helmet bills gets objections from bike advocates," Feb. 13). If you switched the mode of transportation, you would see the same arguments apply. Yet motorcyclists are not allowed the same opportunity afforded the others. We are required to wear helmets, period. Bicyclists are only required to wear them if they are under 16 years old.

Both bicyclists and motorcyclists have to obey the laws that apply to all motor vehicles including speed limits, stop signs, yield signs or any other traffic control devices. So why is it the legislature cannot agree to raise the mandatory age limit of a bicyclist to 18 but can't support the legislation of motorcyclists to the same age limit? I ride both bicycles and motorcycles, yet there are two totally different age mandates. I cannot see the logic behind this.

I repeat, change the mode of transportation to read "motorcycle," compare the arguments for and against both the mandate and the age limits and, if you are willing to allow adults to make a choice as to whether to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, let me also have that choice when on my other "bike."

I would note I am the attorney for ABATE of Maryland as well as a licensed motorcyclist for over 30 years.

Jay Irwin Block, Owings Mills

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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