Have our Police Gone Soft on Bicycle Helmets?
Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy with a comment piece not on cars, but on bicycles and more particularly bicycle helmets. Now, there’s no argument that the weekend warriors in their colourful Lycra wear their helmets. I see enough of them to know that they’re using typically busy roads, very adjacent to cars and trucks and would be crazy not to.
However, recently, Suzi and I were waiting outside the Black Olive at Margate for our takeaway. We’d been at the cinema at Kippa-Ring after seeing a movie and we noticed lots of teenagers riding by and saw that most of all of them were riding without bicycle helmets. The traffic was mainly boys but the odd girl too.
So I’m asking myself why I’m seeing a major uptick in this situation?
Have the police gone soft on the rules? Or are they so busy with more serious crime that they just have the time or motivation to stop the kids and do something about it?
And I really like the message that this picture provides. Coming off a bicycle at any speed provides opportunity for serious brain injury. Undoubtedly, like the one punch attacks, the victim can be kept of life support if the injury is catastrophic and
when the grieving family decides to turn off the life support, there’s an excellent chance of harvesting vital organs to be used to save others waiting on the transplant list
Trying to find photo examples of teenagers riding their bikes without helmets was nearly impossible. Accordingly, I’ve used some overseas examples to illustrate my point.
Love to hear your opinion particularly if you have teenagers yourself
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