The 17th motorcyclist fatality of the year was recorded a few days ago, while 23 motorcyclists died in all of 2007. Some of the trend may be tied to increased motorcycle use because of high gas prices (motorcycles can get 85 miles per gallon). While Maine legislators have been loathe to pass a helmet law, the argument is often made that higher health insurance costs are borne by everyone because of severe motorcy-cle injuries. Should motorcyclists make the decision on helmets, or should the state?
Should Maine require motorcyclists to wear helmets?
Posted Sept. 08, 2008, at 4:27 p.m.