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Nov 10, 2010

Bicycle helmets and sheer bloody stupidity.

In December 2003 13-year-old Daniel Morcombe was abducted from a bus stop on the Sunshine Coast and has never been seen again. A coronial inquest is currently under way. There is little doubt from the evidence that he was snatched by pedophiles in what from the evidence appears to have been as little as a minute that elapsed between two busses. That’s just how fast it can happen.

About 15km (10 miles) from where this happened last Saturday, a police patrol encountered a 15 year old kid riding his bike along a road without a bicycle helmet. The usual procedure in these cases is to give a warning, caution and then fine, if the offence is persistent.

For some reason the officers decided to use their discretion in this case and made him deflate his tires so that the bike was immobilized and tell him to walk the three kilometers home. They claim they wanted an option other than to fine him, but do not go into the details of why they did not use the option of a warning or caution. They do however point out that they went to his home to notify his mother, who was not there at the time but told an older sibling.

This begs the question of why the hell they didn’t chuck the bike in the boot, and take him home at the same time then let the whole family know the problem. Had the kid’s mother been present at the time and left immediately to pick him up, he would have still been in danger for some time in the intervening period.

Some research suggests that there are benefits involved in wearing helmets but the rate of head injuries was falling anyway prior to the introduction of laws requiring them. There is also evidence that they are a discouragement to riding. Lets face it, you just can’t leave them around when you get to your destination as they will be stolen, so they are a pain in the arse.
Certainly there should be some encouragement for the wearing of helmets, but the law itself is a draconian, nanny state, one size fits all solution to a minor problem.


  1. I certainly agree with you! Let people be responsible for their actions. If someone chooses not to wear a helmet and receives and injury, that injury is the responsibility of that very same person who decided not to wear the helmet.

  2. Hi Matt; Nice site you have there.

    There are a lot of things that kids can wear to minimise risk, the trick is to convince them that they need them, and that they are not as uncool as being hurt.

    Compulsion only creates another area of cool. Seat belts in cars are compulsory here. While I personally feel safer wearing them and wouldn't consider not using them, I really don't care if others choose not to use them. Making them compulsory just creates another revenue stream.

  3. For some reason, as a one time truck driver long ago and far away, this made me think of one of our trucking laws.

    All big trucks hauling fuel or Haz Mat (Hazardous Materials which, under EPA regulations, could technically include table salt) must come to a full stop at each and every railroad crossing whether or not there's a train within 100 miles and whether or not any lights are flashing, barriers down, etc.

    Probably 98% of American drivers have no clue that the truckers are required to do this by law. When the truck they're tailgating as they yack on their cell phone and eat a Big Mac comes to a stop at a railroad track for no apparent reason, they smash into the rear end.

    So, to decrease the amount of statistically quite rare semi-truck/train collisions, this law has, I'm willing to bet, caused literally thousands rear-end collisions for every train/truck collision it has prevented.

    Ah, government in action and the law of unintended consequences. Hail to the Nanny State!

  4. I used to think that all the politicians in our country had gone to the same school, but you have convinced me that it was an international school.

    Its incredible how alike they are.