With that said, it is a free country and I learned long ago that it is pointless to argue such choices with most people. I also learned that personally incomprehensible decisions are not usually a direct reflection of overall intelligence. People make choices for personal reasons and as long as it doesn't affect me, why should I care right? And who am I to judge anyway?
...despite the fact that...
Eighty-five percent of bicyclists killed in 2003 reportedly weren't wearing helmets.
Even though more people are wearing helmets these days and death rates are going down overall, it is sadly my demographic that is experiencing an increase in the rate of fatality. Using the statistics above, it can therefore be inferred that the majority of these deaths could have been avoided by using a helmet.
This is the demographic of sons, brothers and fathers. The guys who are essentially in their prime, young enough to stay active in a dangerous sport and hopefully aware enough to set a good example for their kids, friends, relatives, co-workers and basically anyone with a brain worth protecting. But our death rates are INCREASING. Are there that many fools out there? YES.
EXAMPLE: I always laugh when I see the Highway Patrol commercials warning about getting a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. Last time I checked it was 2007! Seatbelts are still an issue? Seriously? Do people still drive without them on? In 2007? They should have their licenses revoked permanently because this has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of recklessness and a general disregard for safety. I'm serious, they should lose their driving privileges for being this foolish and dangerous. Because they won't take a half a second to put a seatbelt on.
But apparently seatbelt use still is a concern. To the point that they needed to make commercials about it. But they don't go for the tired old "This Incredibly Simple Act Can Save Your Life" routine, they go straight to the wallet and the sirens with Five-O. Driving in a car is unquestionably the most dangerous thing most of us ever do and in a true testament to human arrogance, I am certain that the majority of people are more afraid of a ticket than the possible result of not wearing a seatbelt. It terrifies me that these people are on the roads I ride and drive on. Terrifies me.
All the more reason to wear a helmet. I don't trust anyone behind the wheel of a car.
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