Editorial Progress on helmet laws coming up short
The issue: In comic books and multiplexes, no helmet is cooler than Iron Man’s. And in every community in the United States, no one questions the need for our real superheroes, aka firefighters, to wear helmets on the job.
But the coolness and wisdom of donning helmets apparently vanishes when riders get on a motorcycle. They can decide for themselves, the reasoning goes. It’s a violation of civil liberties.
Such hardheaded reasoning defies logic. But Connecticut, a pioneer in seat-belt mandates in 1986, also happened to repeal its mandatory helmet requirement for all motorcycle riders a decade earlier. Since then, proposed helmet legislation in Hartford every session is more predictable than any comic book plot.