Become one with the machine

Become one with the machine

By Dan Slattery

By Dan Slattery

Become one with the machine

Thank you for your article by ABATE on motorcycle awareness in the May 15 issue. I have much respect for what this organization does to heighten the degree of awareness regarding motorcycle safety, especially their work with local schools.

Wearing a helmet is a touchy issue, a bit of a dichotomy with me. Illinois is one of only a handful of states that does not require helmets. I wear a helmet only on the highway due to the obvious vehicle/human velocity factors and their inherent dangers (and when it’s too cold). I do not wear one in the city because of the congestion of traffic, the close proximity of other vehicles, and the increased need for closer decision-making factors and quick timing. I have found the greatest dangers to be the actions, inactions, timing and inattentiveness of other drivers, especially in Rockford and Loves Park.

I depend on my hearing and near-perfect 180-degree peripheral vision for quick, instantaneous decisions and actions that I must make in the process of defensive driving personified. Any helmet, in my opinion, inhibits and impedes these senses and my ability to act and react quickly.

So to all you other drivers out there, as ABATE said, “Look twice and save a life.” And for God’s sake (and ours), SLOW THE ?#*! DOWN!

And, by the way, next time you see a motorcycle actually doing the speed limit, it’s probably me. Thank you.

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