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Puerto Rico Passes Strict Motorcycle Law
October 10, 2007

By REBECCA BANUCHI

Associated Press Writer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Puerto Rico will require motorcycle drivers to wear protective jackets, gloves, long pants and boots as part of a strict safety law signed by the governor of the U.S. commonwealth on Wednesday.

Augmenting an existing helmet law, the new law also sharply lowers the maximum allowable blood-alcohol level for motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts below levels tolerated for automobile drivers.

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I'm glad I'm not planning on riding in PR any time soon.

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I just posted that.

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Another reason for me to stay out of Puerto Rico.

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drinking and riding/driving should not be tollereted no matter where you go.

they say loud pipes save lives.
i say loud pipes make you deaf!


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Wouldn't make any difference to me. I always wear all that stuff every time I ride anyway.


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Wouldn't make any difference to me. I always wear all that stuff every time I ride anyway.
And I think it is great that you do, however, down in the south, once it gets to 95+ degrees and 80+% humidity, a lot of us find that all that heavy gear could cause an accident due to the rider passing out due to heat exhaustion. I always wear a helmet and steel toed boots, and most of the times gloves, but a lot of times, I'm in a short sleeved shirt and jeans, and that is just personal choice. I always wear my safety vest on the military base along with a long sleeve shirt. I've been to PR, that humidity would kill me with all that gear on after about 10 minutes. I could had probably handled it when I was in my 20s, but not now. Now does that make me stupid? Some might think so, however, I'm willing to take the risk, because I know my limits, I know my bike, and I feel the idea about riding is to be free, not so overly protected that I cannot enjoy the ride without looking like the Michelin Man. It is a risk I'm willing to accept, and plus, I have great medical and funneral benifits.

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Well Gene, you gave a very thought provoking argument there, and one that should help us all realize thatyou needto walk a mile in other's shoesbefore passingjudgement.

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GSMacLean wrote: When I posted this article, afterGSMacLean did, my intent wasn't to start a flame-war or argument over who wears what or what we should or shouldn't wear. I was merely posting a information piece to allow anybody who read it to make their own opinion and to be a little more informed.

As Rodent and I talked over dinner last night, I mentioned that there are other such laws and reminded her of the email that has gone around about how we survived metal dashboards and no seat belts, standing up in the front seat of the car, drinking out of the garden hose, etc. It seems that when there is a surge of injuries associated with an activity, it gets legislated. It's a wonder that with all the falls that happen around the house and home, that someone hasn't set forth an effort to require that we all wear helmets as we get out of bed.

Not that I am against wearing these items; whether I do or not is my own choice.However, I think that too few people believe they ought to manage too many people's decisions for them.

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I want to preface what I'm about to say with this. The longer I live andhave to deal with the government, the less I want them making decisions for me. Although I personally believe that wearing your gear all the time while riding is the wise thing, I believe that it should be personal choice.

That being said, I want to address the "wearing gear in the heat" issue that gets brought up so often. With todays mesh riding gear, including gloves that have great air flow, and the availability of cooling vests and even coolingpants, there is no reason not to wear your gear in the heat. With the right gear, you will actually be cooler than riding without the gear.

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