Unfortunately, this is a symptom of larger cultural problems. We are not teaching nor being taught personal responsibility anymore. The tone of the editorial was to advocate passage of new laws to force compliance to safety regs. We elect thousands of state and federal legislators who measure their success by the number of bills they can author and get passed and who believe their role is to take care of us - 'cause we're too stupid. The result is way too many redundant unnecessary laws. The nanny state.
more later . . . . .
Yes, interesting concept, the "nanny" state.
Our social framework is a bit different to yours, in respect of services provided by the state - health, education, welfare, etc. [These things have been in place in NZ since the 1930's, part of a response to the privations the country witnessed through the Depression]
In particular, we have a publicly-funded health system that will pick you up from the side of the road, cart you off to hospital, fix up your injuries and send you on your way, pretty much without cost to you. But at a cost to the taxpaying public at large.
Under those circs, I don't mind the state insisting motorcyclists protect themselves as best they can while riding, because of what the stats show about accident rates, injury rates, recovery costs etc.
I see wearing a helmet [for instance] as my side of the social contract - I'm supported by a pretty social safety net, but that's no reason for me to act like an idiot and expose myself to every possible risk without doing what I can to minimise potential harm. I don't feel my ability or reponsibility to act sensibly is diminished under these conditions...
So, once again, different views...always nice to engage in conversation with thinking people.