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The biggest issue with this argument is that it fails to appreciate individual choice. Do I think wearing a helmet makes you safer when riding? Of course I do. Even if EVERYONE were to accept this as a fact, it still does not give the state the required leverage to mandate adults to wear a helmet. Some would argue that riding without a helmet puts unnecessary risk on public healthcare. So might drinking a beer, eating a cheeseburger, smoking a cigarette. I would even be willing to appreciate and debate a public nuisance argument, but it never gets that far. Just this repetitive nanny state 'helmets are safer, therefore required' garbage.