Wearing a motorcycle helmet is still a state law

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is still a Louisiana state law.

"It's important for us to utilize anything that's provided to us. It adds any type of percentage of safety. Statistics show when you are involved in a crash you have a lot better chance of surviving the crash when you are wearing a helmet," said Sgt. Ted Trunick.

A motorcycle helmet saved a Lake Charles Police officer's life. Corporal Fletcher Idom was hit by a driver back on December 12th of 2008.

"I do know that his injuries would be a lot worse than they are. Any time it provides an ounce of safety for you and you aren't using it, then you are putting your own life in danger," said Trunick.

Billy Doherty has been on a bike since he was four and says wearing a helmet should be optional.

"I feel safer with a helmet because I always wear it and it's not a big deal but riders should have a choice," said Billy Doherty.

Whether it's the law or not, he will wear his helmet but he feels the helmet restricts the riders driving ability.

"Full face helmets will impair your hearing and your vision because it's close to your face. You have to turn your head and then take your eye of the roadway to see what's coming next to you, "said Doherty.

Billy Doherty believes wearing a helmet is important but it shouldn't be the only thing you rely on.

"Being more aware of what's going on around you. What to do, what to avoid. That person is a lot safer then just buying a bike and choosing whether to wear a helmet," said Doherty.

"Even though you are wearing a helmet, it doesn't change the way you should drive the motorcycle. Ride with safety and watch out for the other person."

For your own safety, wear a helmet.  It may save your life.

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