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Re: skiing with helmet/faw!

Re: booster seats:  It is due to the kids size- prevents injuries that 
seatbelts can cause to small people (in the process of saving their 
lives).  It's worth it.

While I wish we didn't need laws to get people to protect themselves, I 
am definitely pro- seatbelt, infant seat, booster seat, bike helment, 
ski helmet and motorcycle helmet.  Anyone who has seen the aftermath of 
a head injury (even a mild one) would have to agree IMHO- it effects not 
only the individual hurt but is also a huge burden to those around 
them.  Also, I'm really not interested in paying more taxes toward 
SSI/Disability and state-funded 24hr medical care just because these 
safety devises are considered a "hassle".


kmrsy@comcast.net wrote:

>Ceres, I don't disagree.  I just am not wearing one.
>To clarify - when I said kids, I wasn't referring to infants, who most
>definitely need car seats. I'm talking about 8 yr olds required to sit
>in a booster seat. This is a new law here.
>neIN, Zone5
>-------------- Original message -------------- 
>>In a message dated 2/16/05 8:35:03 AM, kmrsy@comcast.net writes: 
>><< Count me as one of those kids who rode absolutely everywhere on my bike 
>>before helmets were ever invented for us and I survived. I rode in the 
>>backseat of the car, unstrapped, and survived. Skated without pads or 
>>helmets and survived. >> 
>>Kitty, I am in that same class however, I would not dream of riding or 
>>driving today in a car without a seat belt. I know seat belts can be wrongful 
>>particular situations but generally speaking it has been proven to reduce auto 
>>deaths. Our state does req a seat belt however the helmet law regarding 
>>motorcycles was reversed. I can not understand. We have a friend who is an 
>>intelligent person, a financial advisor by trade but I am not understanding what 
>>happens to his brain when he straddles his Harley with his red bandanna tied 
>>his head. 
>>I always wear a helmet when riding my bike even if I am only riding a 
>>short distance & within the neighborhood. I have seen the nasty falls which 
>>occur so quickly. I have many times rode RAGBRAI ( Registers Annual Great Bike 
>>Ride Across Iowa) which is in about its 30th year and pulls 10,000 bikers with 
>>it. Helmets are not rqd by law but it is so strongly suggested for this ride 
>>& many other organized bike rides you would not want to ride without one. The 
>>children in my neighborhood put their helmets on when they go out, forget 
>>they have them on and play with them on when they are not on their bikes. I 
>>think it is just a matter of change & training. 
>>In regards to infant car seats, I don't even like to think about the car 
>>seats my children rode in. They are a hussle but so much safer. 
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