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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-19-2000, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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It's now the law... NO HELMETS for Florida bikers.
The next time you come to Florida for Bike Week or Biketoberfest you won't have to wear a helmet!!!

On Friday, June 16, 2000, Governor Jeb Bush signed the House Bill 1911 that repeals Florida's helmet law for riders 21 and older
who have a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance, and will become a law effective July 1, 2000.

"I believe government oversteps its legitimate role when it excessively interferes with personal freedom," Bush said in a statement. "That interference includes regulating an adult's decision about his or her well-being if such decisions do not endanger the life or safety of others.

"Reasonable adults should be trusted to make reasonable decisions," the governor said. "For example, we have no laws requiring an individual to exercise, to eat a healthy diet, to get regular check-ups or to avoid excess exposure to sun - even though failure to comply with these habits reflects known health risks and potential public health costs."

Florida's bikers have fought for years to get the state to join other states that repealed helmet laws after the federal government ended sanctions against the states without helmet laws. Florida becomes the 27th state that does not require helmets for adult bikers.

James "Doc" Riechenbach III, President and Lobbyist for ABATE of Florida, received a personal phone call from Governor Jeb Bush on Friday, June 16, to tell him that he'd signed their helmet law repeal bill! Doc, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), said, "It's been a long time coming, 31 years, and we'd just like to thank our ABATE members, NCOM and every state that helped us win our freedom!"

"The Bush brothers have now set two states free," exclaimed Doc, referring to Jeb Bush's brother and Presidential hopeful, George W. Bush Jr., who as Texas Governor signed a similar bill in 1997 to allow freedom of choice for responsible adult Texas motorcyclists.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-19-2000, 02:21 AM
 
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Cool- I predict next year's bike week will be the biggest ever because of this. There goes the market for those idiotic "pudding bowl" helmets!

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Hey, those helmets rock!! My dad and I go to Daytona every year. Last year we traded our new Arai helmets for a "pudding bowl" helmet. We traded them straight up!! Man, that vendor got ripped off!!

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Whoopee! The Natural Selection Process just got a human helping hand! Quote from Squidly Squidworth, wanna-be sportbike rider: "I don't need me no sissy-helmet! I kin ride jus fine widout one. It's jeest two darn hot outside to wear one of them sissy-hats". Ride on Bubba, ride on. Just stay faaaar away from me.

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I'll second that Cosmo!
nuff said.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Cosmo:
Whoopee! The Natural Selection Process just got a human helping hand
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I agree with that Cosmo!


But I also REALLY Like:

"I believe government oversteps its legitimate role when it excessively interferes with personal freedom," Bush said in a statement.

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"I believe government oversteps its legitimate role when it excessively interferes with personal freedom," Bush said in a statement.

NUFF SAID

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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-19-2000, 05:57 AM
 
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While I believe in the right to make our own decisions I can't stand the fact that all the sqids will now be able to go without a lid to macth their t-shirt and flip flops.

There's nothing like 120+ degree asphalt to smooth your complection.

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While I'm happy the helmet law is gone. I still do not like the fact about the proof of $10,000 health insurance.

Why do you ask? This only reafirms the publics view of riders as a hazard. Are you required to have $10,000 in health insurance to drive a car in the state of Florida?

P.S. While I always wear my helmet I think it should be an individuals *choice* and not tied to anything else including how much health insurance you have.



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Good one Robert, you beat me to it.

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