Take it easy, SMASH. All I was pointing out is that there was a standard set by the DOT. I also stated I doubted it's worth. I also stated that as with many other regulatory standards, it was up to whatever company that slapped the DOT sticker on that lid to meet the standards set forth by the DOT. I'm not saying the standard would protect a marshmallow falling 3 feet into a stack of 7 of those super pillows they sell on TV. Some posts seem to suggest that there is no DOT standard when there certainly appears to be so. Good, bad, or indifferent, it's there. And I'm still not in favor of the law, but will never ride without the bucket.
I'm with ya. I knew what you were doing, and I understand your position perfectly.
Sometimes this issue gets all confusing and convoluted with symantics. You know as well as I do how words and their meanings can have a bizarre effect on how the message is understood.
I have had conversations with folks from law enforcement and their views swing all over the place with the helmet law.
From "I don't care if you wear one or not" to, "There is a law on the books, tell it to the judge" to, "Just shut up or I'll take your bike".
We now have some law enforcement that have DOT vision and can determine a helmets "approval" while flying by at 50 mph.
I'm the kind of guy that can't stand all laws like this one. I don't like the cell phones law, the texting law, the seat belt law, the child seat law, etc., etc., etc.
After looking at Public Act 300 of 1949 which contains all of Michigan's motor vehicle law I quickly came to the conclusion we have enough laws on the books already!
What chaps my *** on this one is it is so vague.
It contains three provisions. One for the rider, and two for law enforcement.
The first part we comply with, and the second two, they don't. Yet they stop, detain, and sometimes arrest and sieze property under the color of law.
Even if we win in court, we lose. We are not compensated for our time to go to court to fight this BS law, but the law enforcement are paid to be there. A double hit to the taxpayers. It stinks all the way around.
It's really hard for me to give a crap about the whinning of the motoring public and the seat belt law when they have no interest in righting this injustice to the motorcycling community.