Comments: Helmets

First - the 6% discrepancy is easily within the range of random statistical variation (assuming +/- 4% on the surveys for states with helmet laws, plus another +/- 4% for the "without" states, and that variation is fairly typical for surveys)

Second - When I used to bike a lot (late 80's I was in the Navy & didn't own a car), I actually intended to go out & buy a bike helmet once. Since I couldn't find one that wasn't utterly dorky-looking, I decided to take my chances. I got my share of bumps, bruises, cuts & scrapes, but never whacked my melon.

Third - Why don't we pass a law making helmets, pads, and kevlar body armor mandatory for everyone at all times? You can't tell me that it wouldn't make us all safer.

Posted by Harvey at May 12, 2004 01:17 PM

Gads - guess they've never been to my neighborhood! The kids here are ALL wearing helmets, knee and elbow pads - I swear to God if they fall they bounce off all that crap. There is no fun in playing anymore. Everyone is so scared a kid might get hurt. And then they wonder why kids are fat - they don't LET them move lest they hurt themselves!!!

And yes I raised 2 kids - no they didn't do helmets. Helmets should be saved for things like bike tricks (we've got a bike/rollerblade park where kids can do all that junk). One of these days we'll have to wear helmets in the car and in the house in case we fall... GRRRR!!!

Posted by Teresa at May 12, 2004 06:30 PM

I look at it a different way (surprise!)
I've been adament that my niece and nephews wear helmets every time they ride anything remotely resembling a bike, including those four-wheel, low-to-the-ground toddler toys. Why? To get them firmly in the habit of wearing a helmet when they ride. 134 dead kids a year is such a minor statistic, unless one of those kids turns out to be in my family. If ten bucks for a helmet and ten seconds to strap it on can mitigate that risk, I find it very worth it.

Posted by Nic at May 12, 2004 08:01 PM