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Man dies after motorcycle crashes during helmet protest ride
9wsyr.com ^ | July 2, 2011 | WSYR-TV

Posted on 07/03/2011 8:33:56 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

LAFAYETTE, NY (WSYR-TV) – New York State Troopers say one man is dead after a motorcycle crash near McClary Road and Route 11 in LaFayette on Saturday.

New York State Police say 55-year-old Philip Contos of Parish was part of a protest against motorcycle helmets.

Police say several motorists from the group ABATE (American Bikers Aimed for Education) of Onondaga County had come together to make a point that they didn't need their helmets.

The group was driving south on Route 11 in Lafayette around 1:30 p.m., headed toward Lake Como, just south of the Finger Lakes.

Police say Contos suddenly hit the brakes and lost control of the motorcycle.

According to troopers, Contos was thrown over his handlebars and hit the pavement as his 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle skidded toward the guardrail.

Contos was still alive when crews arrived at the scene and was transported to Upstate University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, Contos was not wearing his helmet, as required by law. Witnesses say this decision was part of the protest.

Police say that based on evidence at the scene and from doctors, Contos would have survived if he had been wearing a DOT-Approved helmet.

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1 posted on 07/03/2011 8:33:59 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Looks like he got his way.

He will never need a helmet.


2 posted on 07/03/2011 8:36:23 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Oh well,.......... what can ya say!


3 posted on 07/03/2011 8:36:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bell Helmets had an add years ago that said, “If you’ve got a ten dollar head, wear a ten dollar helmet.” What does it say about how you value your head if you don’t wear a helmet at all?

That said, if you are an adult, I think it is your choice. Period.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 8:37:03 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A bit old for a Darwin Award but he deserves one. Stupid is as stupid does. There’s a reason why motorcycles are called donor cycles. How’s that no helmet protest going for ya now, huh?

Still, prayers for his family and hopefully someone in that protest learned a lesson.


5 posted on 07/03/2011 8:37:54 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Berlin_Freeper

He really showed them a thing or two, did he?


6 posted on 07/03/2011 8:38:08 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ha ha!


7 posted on 07/03/2011 8:40:11 AM PDT by BigCinBigD ("We hold it in our power, to begin the world anew")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Isn’t it ironic, don’t ya think?


8 posted on 07/03/2011 8:40:35 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: newheart
Needless call by the police. Probably should have just pushed his body over in the ditch ~ the bike, of course, could have been taken to a safe place to be dismantled into parts.

So, which of these winners called the cops and generated public costs?

9 posted on 07/03/2011 8:40:48 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I haven’t kept up with it since I don’t ride anymore but it looks like Michigan is on its way to going helmetless again.

Personally I’m not a fan of helmet laws for adults. However, I’m also not a fan of paying for years of care for severely brain damaged people who did it to themselves.

The Michigan law will have some restrictions attached like a rider must be over 21 and have a minimum number of riding years under his belt to ride without a helmet.

One thing I have observed about helmetless riders is that few of them have grey or thinning hair.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 8:41:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Although wearing a seat belt while driving an automobile is mandatory here in Pennsylvania, I have always buckled up and insist that any passenger do the same.

It is a shame this man died. The laws of physics can be very unforgiving.

11 posted on 07/03/2011 8:43:27 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: newheart
if you are an adult, I think it is your choice

Why is it that so many states have strict seat belt laws but no law regarding motorcycle helmets? It would seem to me that it should be both or neither.

And it would seem to me that if you choose not to wear a helmet, your insurance premiums should be much higher because of the increased risk.

12 posted on 07/03/2011 8:44:09 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

For all my years I have wondered why anyone would get on a motorcycle and risk his life and well-being. I have two nieces who work in emergency rooms and they see these men (women usually have better sense) brought in after one of these accidence. One told me that they brought in one person whose brains were all mush inside his “protective helmet.”


13 posted on 07/03/2011 8:45:25 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Wearing Helmets to save your head from trauma while riding a crotch rocket at speeds of 60 MPH or higher usually ends up doing nothing more than saving time for the coroner when he doesn't have to search for pieces of your brains and skull after the accident.
14 posted on 07/03/2011 8:45:59 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The woman, can’t remember her name, that led the effort to repeal the helmet law in Florida was the first victim after the law was passed.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 8:45:59 AM PDT by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I know Freepers will disagree with me, but I am all for the helmet law.

Driving on PUBLIC roads (paid for by a common public) allows the government to impose a minimum level of safety. We can all disagree with the level of safety required, but it is not beyond the mandate of government to impose safety laws.

Safety laws on public roads have existed in one form or the other since BEFORE the beginning of our Republic

16 posted on 07/03/2011 8:47:28 AM PDT by SoftwareEngineer
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To: OldPossum

“Accidence”? New word. That should be “accidents.”


17 posted on 07/03/2011 8:47:37 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Head in motion vs cement at rest.... and the winner is.......... (drumrolls.......)cement at rest.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 8:50:08 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: Leaning Right

I would wear a helmet on a motorcycle. Some give the argument that a helmet restricts vision. Perhaps some think it is “uncool”. It is most uncool when you go sailing because your cycle stopped but your body continued to move at the speed you were doing.


19 posted on 07/03/2011 8:50:13 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Fairly ironic. Gary Busey had a similar experience. From what I've read he was adamantly against mandating wearing helmets; then he had a horrible motorcycle accident. He lived but it took a long time for him to recover.

However, these stories are another ploy by the left to magnify one story while completely discounting millions of other anecdotes; ones that are positive, because there is an agenda and it is to restrict, control and rule right down to the most personal of decisions.

Another example of this tactic being used is with the illegal immigrants. The other day on the news (radio snippets) they reported that there was a young lady here illegally all of her life and now is being threatened with deportation (insert wahhhh here). She spoke, and of course doesn't want to be deported (insert another wahhhh here) and she is going to medical school (insert 'you stupid gringos, I'm going to be helping you in the future').

These tactics have worked because we've let them. We must take back and control the dialogue with examples of our own.

Geeeezzz guess my coffee kicked in. (sorry)

20 posted on 07/03/2011 8:50:22 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: Jonty30

He may never need a helmet, but it was his choice. There’s something important in that, that someone has both liberty and individual responsibility. It’s unfortunate that he died, but the right to live as he saw fit is an important one.


21 posted on 07/03/2011 8:50:48 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Coming soon...DADT for Christians!)
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To: Leaning Right
Why is it that so many states have strict seat belt laws but no law regarding motorcycle helmets? It would seem to me that it should be both or neither.

I've often wondered the same thing and agree with you.

22 posted on 07/03/2011 8:51:20 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: OldPossum
One told me that they brought in one person whose brains were all mush inside his “protective helmet.”

that happens but there is always the possibility of an accident where the helmet won't protect you. On the other hand, I suspect most cycle accidents involve dumping the bike and skipping the head across the road in a glancing blow.
23 posted on 07/03/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Berlin_Freeper
ABATE (American Bikers Aimed for Education)

Acronym FAIL.

24 posted on 07/03/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick (There is no satire that is more ridiculous than the reality of our current government.~freedumb2003)
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To: muawiyah

So, which of these winners called the cops and generated public costs?

All those freedom riders should have to buy insurance to cover police,ambulance, hospital and funeral cost so the public purce don’t have to pay for their stupidety, after all hair blowing in the wind has it’s price


25 posted on 07/03/2011 8:54:25 AM PDT by munin ( So, which of these winners called the cops and generated public costs?)
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To: Tax-chick

No, reporting fail.

American Bikers Aimed Toward Education.


26 posted on 07/03/2011 8:56:17 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Berlin_Freeper
I rode for many years in the single most dangerous form of riding: commuter traffic in and out of Washington, D.C. 80 miles per day. Year round. D.C. was Nr. 2 in the nation for motorcycle fatalities. The Nr. 1 cause of death was a car turning left across your path in an intersection. The use of a brain bucket makes the difference between a get up and dust off, or a trip to emergency room. I wore full face. The times I dropped, I was traveling under 25 mph. When the human body slaps the asphalt, it's like a cracking whip, and your head's the tip lashing the payment last with surprising force. Nothing you can do to stop it. My old brain bucket (now retired) bears the scars of impacts that would have killed me in those low-speed, minor accidents.
27 posted on 07/03/2011 8:57:25 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: newheart
I recall the ads back in the 70's when you could see a brand X helmet which was superficially similar to the Bell, but about 1/3rd the price. I remember the ad as '"Got a $2 head? Get a $2 Helmet". As far as this rider...Doh!
28 posted on 07/03/2011 8:57:58 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Leaning Right
Why is it that so many states have strict seat belt laws but no law regarding motorcycle helmets? It would seem to me that it should be both or neither.

And it would seem to me that if you choose not to wear a helmet, your insurance premiums should be much higher because of the increased risk.

Insurance companies don't like helmet laws. It's a different dynamic with motorcycles than with cars. In cars, the difference between no seatbelt and seatbelt can be the difference between being killed or seriously injured and walking away. With a motorcycle, the difference between no helmet and a helmet can be the difference between getting killed and being traumatically injured.

Insurance company bean-counters figured out a long time ago that dead policy holders are cheaper to care for than traumatically injured policy holders.

29 posted on 07/03/2011 8:59:32 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: Berlin_Freeper
In the state of Florida, I can ride by a policeman or Sheriff on a motorcycle without a helmet and be completely within the law.

Drive by them in my car without being buckled in with a seat-beat.... $110.000 fine

30 posted on 07/03/2011 8:59:52 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Tax-chick
Acronym FAIL.

Failed Acronyms Initiate Laughter.

31 posted on 07/03/2011 9:00:01 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Outlaw Woman
Motorcycle helmet laws have nothing to do with "control" but everything to do with "highway sanitation".

It's kind of like telling farmers they have to fence along public right away and not let their cows wander.

Or the use of a public dog catcher to catch strays before they turn into road kill and bloat up spraying the neighborhood with puss and stuff.

I do understand why cyclists would rather let the animals just blow up, but that's not the way I ride.

32 posted on 07/03/2011 9:00:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: He Rides A White Horse

A friend of mine went across the hood of a car while wearing a half helmet with a sticker on it that said “Helmet laws suck”.

After about two years of plastic surgery to put his face back together he went out and got a full face helmet. He still disagrees with helmet laws but these days he says helmet laws only protect the stupid, the smart guys are wearing helmets and don’t need to be protected.


33 posted on 07/03/2011 9:00:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Other way around down here in Texas. Most of the helmetless crowd around here are older people (middle-aged-plus) on Harleys and other cruisers.

With modern sportbikes, no helmet can be a huge problem for the rider as the speed one naturally wishes to go on the things, combined with the angle of the little windshield, means that no helmet = the wind tries to take your face off. Most sportbike riders that use the highway generally wear helmets and at least partial gear these days.


34 posted on 07/03/2011 9:01:28 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: 11Bush

Ah, thank you.


35 posted on 07/03/2011 9:01:44 AM PDT by Tax-chick (There is no satire that is more ridiculous than the reality of our current government.~freedumb2003)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Somehow bikers believe that riding without helmets, with short sleeves and shorts and with gutted mufflers makes them kings/queens of the road. The road often has a counter argument, which is much more potent.


36 posted on 07/03/2011 9:01:53 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: cripplecreek
On the other hand, I suspect most cycle accidents involve dumping the bike and skipping the head across the road in a glancing blow.

A friend of mine owns a Harley. He has said that he would lay the bike down (sacrificing the bike if he had to) to avoid a direct impact. He also suits up because road rash can be a terrible thing.

37 posted on 07/03/2011 9:01:53 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: Mad Dawgg

I think the biggest problem most motorcyclists have is they don’t drive defensively enough. They ride as if they have a right to the road and, dammit, they are going to exercise that right!

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen motorcyclists ride too close behind a vehicle or suddenly switch lanes without adequately, imo, having checked to see if they can do it safely.

Technically speaking, motorcyclists do have a right to the road, but if they practiced all the common sense safety tips, most of the accidents would be completely avoided.

I do ride a scooter myself, but I always ride defensively. I do not trust other drivers.


38 posted on 07/03/2011 9:02:57 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: PowderMonkey
Very true. In heavy slow moving traffic when a car turns left in front of your bike the car driver has no other choice than to continue the turn ~ that traffic is sure not going to let him back in.

Could be 10 MPH and you still go down ~ or slam into a car and go over.

I know a lady in such traffic in Los Angeles and all at once a head came through the green vaned barricades down the middle of the freeway. The body stayed on the bike on the other side.

He wasn't smiling as his still twitching face landed on her windshield.

This was all slow speed stuff.

39 posted on 07/03/2011 9:05:19 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I’m somewhat conflicted on this issue.

Like most, I don’t like overbearing nanny state restrictions on everything. But where do you draw the line?

I wear a helmet even in states where it is not mandatory. I also assume that every other vehicle out there is being driven by someone who is deaf, blind, drunk and texting and ride accordingly.

I’ve been riding for over 30 years and haven’t so much as dropped a bike. (Knock on wood). Stay safe, all.


40 posted on 07/03/2011 9:05:40 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: muawiyah
Whenever a government body mandates something it is about control just by that very action. I'm not a rider but if I were I would wear a helmet but that decision should be the individual's.

Sanitation? First time I've ever heard that argument. I'm sure if I ask a rider about why they must wear a helmet, they will answer right away with "because of sanitation". hmmmmm

41 posted on 07/03/2011 9:06:50 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Hmm...I wonder what this poster ad is trying to say? If you view the trailer it shows them wearing helmets in the movie...not sure if the issue comes up or not in the movie itself.

42 posted on 07/03/2011 9:07:14 AM PDT by xp38
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To: He Rides A White Horse

Dismounting at speed is the best option a fair amount of time.


43 posted on 07/03/2011 9:07:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is Ted in the House. (For non-Bostonians: This is a reference to the Howie Carr Show. You can listen to that show on line at WRKO’s or WCRN’s websites.)


44 posted on 07/03/2011 9:07:34 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: cripplecreek
He still disagrees with helmet laws but these days he says helmet laws only protect the stupid, the smart guys are wearing helmets and don’t need to be protected.

I'm sorry he had to learn the hard way, but as another poster pointed out, one may experience a glancing blow. A helmet in such a case could mean the difference between life or death.

45 posted on 07/03/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: DeFault User

I wonder, overall, how the protest went.


46 posted on 07/03/2011 9:08:32 AM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: Leaning Right

I think everyone in automobiles and trucks should be required to wear helmets as well. Why not?


47 posted on 07/03/2011 9:08:39 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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48 posted on 07/03/2011 9:08:53 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
I wear a helmet even in states where it is not mandatory.

I was the same way when I used to ride and I'm the same way with seat belts. These days I feel like I'm going to fall out of the car if I'm not wearing a belt.
49 posted on 07/03/2011 9:09:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

File this one under “Irony.”


50 posted on 07/03/2011 9:09:38 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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