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Be Safe: Helmet Safety

Veteran Lynn Owen poses on his motorcycle near Truman VA’s Avenue of Flags.

Vietnam Veteran Lynn Owen likes riding his motorcycle. He’s a believer in helmet safety and you should be too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer is definitely here!  Vacations and summer travel mean this is a good time for Veterans who ride motorcycles to think about safety.  Interest in motorcycling has never been higher, and Veterans are often bit by the bug.  Mr. Lynn Owen is a 59 year old Vietnam Veteran who served in the Navy.  In 1977, he bought his first motorcycle, drawn to the sense of freedom he felt while riding.  Lynn admits that he thought little about motorcycle safety in those early years.  After a motorcycle accident in 1982, he became a believer in helmet safety.  Lynn recalls that a car failed to see him on his motorcycle and he was thrown from his bike.  He was wearing a “barely legal” helmet that fit poorly.  The helmet came off, and Lynn suffered a head injury.  He recovered fully, but this close call changed how he thought about safety.

Lynn now says “I highly recommend taking a motorcycle safety class and not getting a machine bigger than you can handle.”  He says to always wear a good fitting helmet that meets safety standards.   He adds “for sure, don’t use drugs or alcohol while riding…..don’t be impaired.”  He reminds Veterans to look out for other drivers who may not be looking for motorcycles.  For Lynn, motorcycling has been “a great way to meet a lot of good people.”  By making safety number one, he will continue to enjoy riding for years to come.

To learn more about motorcycle safety visit these websites:

Brought to you by the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program.

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