theres an aspect of this not discussed yet and is quite important (my opinion.)if (by accident) i was to collide with a cyclist ,be it a child or adult without a helmet on and they were to fall off and be seriously hurt as a result or even killed.how do you think you would feel .even if it was their fault.
That makes a lot of assumptions about the effectiveness of helmets. How would you feel if - through no fault of your own - you caused the death of someone who could have chosen to stay at home that day
? All activities carry risk - even leaving the house. Even staying at home.
we dont allow our children to sit in a car at 30 mph without a seat belt so by that rationale the child should be made to wear a helmet until the age of responsibility when it becomes their own choice.
One doesn't follow from the other. Injuries to unrestrained car passengers were a source of a great many deaths - head injuries to cyclists rather few. When I grew up my parents insisted on seatbelts in the car before it was a legal requirement, but the idea that we should wear helmets to ride a bicycle was never even suggested.
minors left to their own devices wouldnt look to cross roads ,wear the right amount of sun cream on a sunny day or any of the other choices we as adults have learned to make.its our job as the grown up to make choices for our kids and to set an example for them.
Yes, that's true. But kids are smart enough to know that rules for adults aren't the same as rules for kids, and for good reason. Setting a good example for children doesn't mean behaving like them. Maturity doesn't mean abdicating responsibility to a higher power - it means making reasonable decisions for yourself.
i dont have a problem with people not wearing helmets but when their choice impacts on others (ie fallout from an accident such as where 1 is brain damaged as a result of not having a helmet ) then i think there should be rules that apply .....court cases ect compensation to relatives and all......just a thought.
All of our actions affect others, often in ways that aren't predictable. I know of a mountain biker who always wore a helmet, wouldn't ride without it. In other words he took risks when wearing his helmet that he wouldn't have taken otherwise. He broke his back. Society can't, and shouln't make rules to constrain risk in every case. Risk is a part of life, and learning to manage it is a part of growing up.
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