There is a fed and state tax on fuel which could be the reason why Maine gas prices are higher then the national average. Our state tax on fuel is higher. http://www.maine.gov/revenue/fueltax/fueltaxrates.htm
It doesn't matter what the accident is the questions is always asked and reported. The Helmet statement is told my all news outlet not just the SJ. Also when ever a drive is hurt or killed in a automobile accident the statement of weather or not a seat-belt was worn is also report. So is has nothing do with views on trying to make helmets mandatory.
I believe the facts were clear. The biker was not wearing a helmet. That is the fact. The report did not mention that helmet would have saved him or not. Re-read the story. And if it's your right and choice to wear a helmet then why isn't it my choice to wear a seat-belt?