It's the law here in Cali also. And I know all the arguments for and against. I'd rather not HAVE to wear one if I don't want to, I want the choice to be an organ donor! I'm sure more people die in car wrecks but thats a different story. I have a long commute so for the most part I wear a full face, there are alot of bugs in the dark riding arournd the lake! For most shorter trips I only wear a half helmet because you have to wear somthing!
Now here's the kicker, for short trips, just cruisen through town runnin errands in the heat I'll wear shorts. I just love people in NOVELTY helmets trying to tell me how dangerous it is to ride in shorts! I mean come on now when your wearin a novelty helmet(which I do) you've pretty much given up your right to tell others what they should wear?