Chaos theory mixed with romantic nonsense. In its context, this means I don't have to follow the laws, but if I kill someone as part of my free choice, catch me if you can and make me accountable then, after the damage is done.
I say, take the bike and put the drunk or speeder or reckless driver in jail until it is maddening before exporting the lawbreaker back to where it came from and where laws will justly do the same.
Not riding without a helmet could make me a vegetable. Who pays to care for the turnip? Society has a say.
Apparently, speed limits in the countryside are silly. No they're not. Anything could be over the hill or around the corner, including people. If bikers and rules don't go together, such bikers deserve the worst - before their accident.
Our problem, no question, is balancing freedom against harm to others.
Should you be forced to wear a motorcycle helmet. My answer is a resounding NO!. That is, categorically no! My reasons are expressed in an old Betzy Smith song 'Ain't Nobody's Business.' and in a song from Jimi Hendrix anthem called, 'If 6 Was 9.' Probably, more relevant is the definition of the word 'freedom,' as in 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.'
Fredom to do as you please, unless you cause hurt or suffering to others.
If you should have an accident with another, and because you are not wearing a helmet your brains are splattered all over the road, I think this would cause undue suffering to the driver, any witnesses, and of course any loved ones. While they will all aknowledge you were a fool, that will not ease the trauma.
What's up everyone. I'm new here and just wanted to chime in on a thought provoking topic ;-)
The road is OURS to SHARE. Do what you want but BE MINDFUL of others.
I am from America and I've lived in Thailand for three years. I agree,the most part, with what's been written. The same issues face responsible motorists on American roads. Thought only in Thailand have I seen motorcycles cruising on the sidewalk ;-)
Whenever you combine people, motorcycles, helmets, laws and/or, alcohol there are bound to be problems. All of these material luxuries are ours to purchase if we choose to. One thing we cannot buy is "common sense" and that tells me to be a responsible rider, but that is a choice I made. I choose to wear a helmet whenever I ride. Sometimes it is not what you CHOOSE to do but what NOT to do. I choose to drink nam khao but I choose not to drive if I do drink ;-) With that said, no civilian can make or will anyone do anything that he or she doesn't want to do. Choosing to "do" or "not" is entirely up to the individual.
Please be a responsible rider. Think twice you might save a life ;-)