Posts Tagged ‘fatalities’

Missouri Motorcyclists Want to Be Organ Donors

May 4, 2018

Missouri Motorcyclists Want to Be Organ Donors

A bill  introduced in the Missouri State Legislature by veterinarian and state Senator Dan Brown (R) would allow motorcycle riders over the age of 18 to decide whether to wear a helmet. The bill attempts to mitigate the ensuing increase in police, ambulance, and emergency room services by requiring those bareheaded riders to carry $1 million worth of insurance or more. What it won’t do is increase the number of ambulances, EMTs, cops, and emergency rooms in the Show Me State, so other folks will die because some guy on a Harley wants to feel the wind in his hair.

Not there wouldn’t be medical advantages. Repealing the mandatory helmet law would increase the pool of donor organs. Maybe Missouri motorcyclists who choose to forego helmets should be required to register as organ donors.

More:

“Repealing motorcycle helmet laws does have a health benefit: More organ donors,” Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post

 

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Bobby Jindal: ‘Not the Time’ to Consider Gun Law Reform

July 27, 2015

Bobby Jindal: 'Not the Time' to Consider Gun Law Reform
On Friday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) said that it is too soon after the mass shooting in a Lafayette movie theater to discuss gun control reform. By that logic it will never be a good time to talk about gun safety laws in Louisiana, since the rate of gun deaths in the Pelican State is the highest in the country. Discussion of rational policies to reduce firearms violence will always be preempted as citizens mourn Louisiana’s newest gunshot victims.

Come to think of it, that kind of neglect is perfectly consistent with the rest of Governor Jindal’s public health policy.

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Obesity Health Risk

April 30, 2012

Obesity Health Risk

One-third of Americans are obese, and we all know obese people run a greater risk of heart attack and some forms of cancer. Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found another danger. In a car crash, morbidly obese people are 56 percent more likely to die than people of normal weight. Even less-oversized obese people are 21% more likely to perish in auto accidents. Maybe that’s because many fat folks don’t buckle their seat belts.

“Deadly decision: Obese drivers are far less likely to buckle up,” press release.

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