Phillip Contos from Parish, New York, thought it would be cool to ride his Harley-Davidson without a helmet last weekend as part of a protest against that state’s laws requiring riders to wear head protection.

Now he’s a cool corpse.  Contos lost control of  his bike under hard braking, flew over the handlebars and struck his unprotected head on the pavement.

“The doctor felt that the death could have been prevented if he simply had been wearing a helmet,” New York State Trooper Robert Jureller told Reuters. “He hit the brakes, lost control, was ejected and struck his head on the road. He suffered a skull fracture.”

Sadly, too many bikers think it is “cool” to ride without a helmet. Some claim those who ride should have the choice to ride with or without head protection.

As a motorcyclist, I think anyone who rides without a helmet is a fool but I also don’t care much for many government regulations that are designed to protect people from their own foolishness.

New York currently requires motorcyclists to wear helmets. Cantos and his buddies chose to break the law to make what they felt was their point about helmet laws.

Cantos made his point and he paid for making that point with his life.

It was his choice. It was also a bad, fatal choice.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I understand people don’t want to be told to wear a helmet, but I’m one that agrees it’s a must, yeah it’s hot and all the other bad excuses, but it can and most likely will save your life, I personally won’t throw my leg over the seat without one and I lived in one of the strongest anti helmet states there is , Illinois, 25th bike for me been riding a couple miles, used to drag race Harley’s backin old days.
    I’ll make a really long story short as possible.
    My Sister rode with the Harley guys and I told her to always wear a helmet no matter how much they ribbed her, long weekend trip to Wisconsin, hit a dead deer laying in road flew off landed on her head, for 3 months they told me to turn the machines off she didn’t have a chance, I didn’t I knew her will power and I believed in God strongly,3 brain surgery’s and 13 steel plates in her head she is just fine now, I learned a lot about head injury’s in that time, luckily she was a short helicopter flight to one of the best head trauma hospitals in the USA=Marshfield Wi.
    I’ve also lost 2 nephews ridin’ 4-wheelers with no helmet, your kids ride 4-wheelers , PLEASE make em’ wear a helmet.
    Brain Doc. told me the brain is the body’s computer it tells you to breath every time you do it tells your heart to beat every beat it controls everything about you====
    PROTECT IT PLEASE

  2. I’ve had a few arguments with anti-helmet folks in the past, and I have yet to hear a competent (much less compelling) argument against helmet restrictions. Besides the obvious benefits of wearing a helmet to one’s personal health, it also serves a fiscal benefit to society. As our hospitals are required by law to treat all comers regardless of their ability to pay for the treatment, choosing to go without a helmet greatly increases the odds that a public, tax funded institution is going to find itself spending a huge amount of public funds taking care of your head wounds.

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