I considered posting this in the politics/legal section but as Australia has mandatory helmet laws that have, for the most part, across the board acceptance it seemed moot. If only this sort of irony was inflicted on those that seek to punish and legislate against motorcycles and riders. Helmet-law protester dies from head injury A MOTORCYCLIST protesting helmet laws has been killed when he was thrown off his motorcycle and suffered a head injury. Police said 55-year-old Philip A. Contos was not wearing a helmet when he rode with a group of bikers on Saturday afternoon in Onondaga, New York as part of a helmet-laws protest organized by the group American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, the Post-Standard reported. Contos hit the brakes on his motorcycle, skidded, lost control and was thrown over the handlebars. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. An attending physician said Contos would have likely survived the accident if he had been wearing a regulation helmet.