Sorry if this lifts the lid yet again, but an observation::
Walking my son home from school yesterday, he was on his scooter, wearing a helmet. A couple of his classmates had a go at him for wearing a helmet, thought it was hilarious.
These kids are just 8. So already they have decided helmets are not cool. Maybe it's just a scooter thing and they don't think the same way about helmets and bikes?
Tried hard to hold my tongue on this - especially when it was my son getting the flack! Jasper held his ground tho, asked them what was wrong with it, which they couldn't reply to. But I bet he thinks about it.
Where do they get the idea helmets aren't cool? Their parents?
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Helmets hurt razor scootering
Don't mention the "H" word!
"I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right."
Always disappointing, to see kids bullying others, over what they wear.
Maybe the bullies grow up to hoon around in cars? Looking for cyclists to throw beer-cans at..... yelling abuse at women, e.g those who wear head scarves?
Maybe they do need someone, to have a little word with them now, about acceptable behaviour in public places!
Harsh or misguided? Most probably about as effective as showing them lung cancer victims to put them off smoking, alcoholics and liver cancer victims to put them off drinking, etc. etc. BTW, what percentage of people in the brain injury rehab unit are there due to scooter accidents? Then again scaring little children is so much fun.
Not so much to scare kids but to make them aware by physical evidence what can happen if!
If you don't want your kids to hurt themselves, don't let them do anything. Ever. Keep them inside a padded room. Anything else is an unacceptable risk, right?
I'm looking for 2 ton of bubble wrap…………
misguided, perhaps, but road safety campaigning is something that we in SA - or australia in fact are pretty soft about. If there is another, more effective way to get the message across than scare tactics, let me know. I am no brain surgeon - but I do have a professional interest in medicine/trauma. I think there are many mechanisms of injury that have caused people to spend time in brain injury rehab. Scooters and riders not wearing helmets must surely be one of them. I find scaring smokers much more fun than scaring scooter riding children, but each their own...
Say the same as I say for bikes, have you looked at the state of the footpaths???? small wheels get caught in some of the cracks/lips in them, wouldn't take much to go over the bars and SMACK!
Helmet law cost us bike sales. Every week people come in and tell us so and have been doing ever since the law came in 1990(?). However I will never ride without one. I have broken three helmets from relatively small bingles. The last one I stoved head first inot a tree at Eagle mtb park in the state champs. I got up and there were all these black dots floating in front of my eyes for about 5 mins and that was doing about 15kph. I was getting balled out by a customer about helmet law, as if it was my fault, and how it infringed on his rights and civil liberties. I nodded politely ( i hope) he kept on going then left. helmets are to bikes what seat belts are to cars IMHO