Ben Rothlisberger may be a great quarterback, but he’s a stupid man:
Roethlisberger was cited for not wearing a helmet when the accident happened.
“That day I wasn’t, I forgot it. I literally forgot it,” he said. “You know there are times that, people that have been making a big deal for the last couple years about me riding first of all, and then me riding without a helmet, but it’s one of those things that I ride with a helmet also. I do a little bit of both. If you don’t wear a seat belt every time you ride in the car should I label you as a person who doesn’t wear a seat belt? And unfortunately I happened to not have it on that day because I forgot it in the basement.”
Oh, boo hoo about that terribly mean and unfair label! Yes Ben, a person who drives without a seat belt, even if just on occasion, is “a person who doesn’t wear a seat belt.” Accidents happen — and a person’s life is often saved by a seat belt. Since accidents can happen any time, a person cannot possibly have a rational reason for wearing a seat belt sometimes but not others. (Without a doubt, the easiest way to protect your own life and limb is to fully automatize buckling your belt. Otherwise, you’re just wasting brainpower by considering and deciding each time.) Given all that, the occasional seat belt wearer is justly criticized as someone who doesn’t wear a seat belt.
Obviously, the exact same considerations apply to wearing a motorcycle helmet — albeit more strongly, since that mode of transportation is far more dangerous.