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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-01-2000, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Pete:
Dittos to what Will said.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same here.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 03:39 AM
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DISCLAIMER (for GreenNinja) : I think I heard this story correctly on the radio this morning.

A Florida woman, who had worked exhaustively to get the helmet law repealed in her state, died recently in a motorcycle accident. She was not wearing a helmet, and the report stated that had she been wearing one, it is likely that she would have survived.

Anyone have a more factual account of this story?


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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 03:57 AM
 
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I did this on another site. I also saw that alcohol was involved.

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 04:16 AM
 
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here is the link to the complete story:
http://www.cnn.com/2000/US/08/01/noh....ap/index.html

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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 06:04 AM
 
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well here choice to drink & ride was her biggest mistake in my opinion.. then the fact that she didnt have the helmet on... but she died making choices & that is what america is about.. our right to choose.

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IF..she is "somewhere" thinking about things right now...do you think she regrets her decision ? ( of no helmet,..and drinking )
in Wash. we have a helmet law, and if we had a choice, i wouldn't even think about going out with out one !

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 06:26 AM
 
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its sad really to hear anybody died, even if it was their own fault. would she be considered a martyr for her death?...i thought not. it wouldn't make sense if she was. btw, i doubt alcohol has affected her system that much to affect her riding. but her not having a helmet was a big no-no.

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Well you made a big BAD assumption there young....
It only takes a couple o' beers (like 2 or 3) to affect your ability to ride....

Here it is real simple:
Drinking and Riding don't mix ever!

Nuff said

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by youngrider_250:
i doubt alcohol has affected her system that much to affect her riding.

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How can you say that when you don't know how much she drank or what her BAC was? Or do you know?

Dittos to what Will said.


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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-02-2000, 09:46 AM
 
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You know I've been thinking about this over the last three hours, and I feel like I need to add something to this:

While I'm and Administrator and I generally try and remain nuetral on subjects and people at Sportbikeworld.com, I feel compelled to speak my mind on this thread.

I'm greatly sorry to hear about the loss of another rider (sportbike or other). It saddens me every day to hear about someone dying because that means one less representative for our "Clan".

However what saddens me more is people who believe the things like youngrider mentioned. "Oh just one beer won't kill me", or "I'm just going to the store, I don't need my helmet, jeans, gloves, boots, etc." These people are the ones that we ultimately hear about dying or being paralyzed and/or maimed, because they didn't truly understand how their actions would affect them and the people around them. While ultimately it is they and their families that suffer the most, other riders suffer too...Usually monetarily, because statistics are what causes our insurance premiums to increase.

There's no doubt that education, training and a certain mentality/maturity about riding are absolutely required to even get near a motorcycle. If any of the three are lacking, there will ultimately be an accident and maybe even death.

On a side note, To Youngrider_250:
You don't know how relieved I was to hear that you opted not to get a ZX-11. From what I have read here by you, I personally don't feel that you need to be riding anything other than what you have. Your obvious lack of knowledge about bikes and alcohol and its affect on the rider lead me to believe that you still need a few years to "Figure it out".
Sorry if that offends you, just my .02

Sorry for the rambling, but I feel better.

My sympathies to the riders friends and families.

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