I’ve written about both before…I imagine I’ll write about both again.
The News in India.
Oh newspapers of India, how angry you make me with your poor reporting and lack of opposing opinions and factual data.
Oh Shiv Sena, how you make me shake my head. You could do so much good and instead you do something that is BAD.
Why on earth are the Shiv Sena staging a mock burial of a helmet to protest the PCB’s helmet laws?
Very good question and here is your answer: They’re staging the mock burial to protest the passing of Pune Cantonment Board’s passing of the mandatory helmet laws because they say that helmets cause spinal and neck damage.
You can read the “whole” story here. I say “whole” because really I’m just being sarcastic.
So while the Sena carry a helmet on a bier and wave banners and slogans against helmets, the Pune Mirror runs a small byline story covering it…and then leave it at that, other than to tell it’s dear readers where the protest march is…and when.
Nothing at all is posted in their little byline story about the law, why it was passed or the many lengthy studies that have been done to prove the Shiv Sena and helmet protesters WRONG.
The statistics from 2008 don’t lie…although they probably do not paint a complete picture either since so many accidents go unreported each and every day.
The number of people injured in accidents is higher than the 2008 accidents listed above because of pillion riders or in some case, multiple pillion riders (like children riding on the gas tank of Daddy’s Motorcycle or being held by Mommy in the back of the bike).
Out of these accidents, hardly 3% of them are from crash fatalities involving car occupants. 86% of fatalities are from pedestrians, bicyclists and TWO-WHEELERS.
Now, I could say something about the lack of use of seat belts in cars here. I could even go so far as to mention the lack of child safety seats of measures in those same cars. I might even mention that a collision at 20 miles an hour (32 KM for you in India) is enough force to knock something…anything out of your grasp. Including your child.
In High School we took driving lessons from a certified teacher. It was a part of our class schedule when we reached 15 ½ . On a day near the end of the lessons, the city police brought in two police officers to let us know their jobs and ours when driving. They also brought with them The Convincer. Back then The Convincer traveled at a speed comparable to about 10-15 miles per hour. Now it’s only 5.7 or so.
But to give you an idea of how you STILL can be jolted at just 5 miles per hour, or 8 KM, please watch the video below or go to this site:
The Students in that video couldn’t even keep themselves from being propelled forward in a 5 mile an hour collision. All of them tried to. I know, I tried to as well and my arms and legs flew out no matter how hard I tried to stay back and even with the safety harness to help me stay in place.
So, do you still think you can hold on to your child in the case of an accident while riding in the front seat with no seat belt for him or you? Wanna bet your life or your child’s on that?
Now imagine going faster, on a bike, with no helmet between your head and the ground.
Helmet’s don’t cause spine and neck damage. Poorly worn or fitted helmets and ACCIDENTS cause spine and neck damage.
Not wearing a helmet causes DEATH…in which case you really won’t care so much about the spine and neck damage, now will you?
If the Newspapers and Shiv Sena were really so passionate about saving lives, they’d both do better to promote the PROPER wearing of safety features…instead of the propaganda of not wearing them.
Bear and I both wear a helmet when we go out on our motorcycle. And we both strap on seat belts when riding in other people’s cars…or we don’t ride at all.
And so should you.
© 2012 Gori Rajkumari. All Rights Reserved.
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