Re: Ontario Helmet Law being pushed throughOn Fri, 05 Nov 2004 15:08:50 +0000, Chris Phillipo wrote:
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, bikerider@-no-
> spam-thanks-rogers.com says...
>> I wonder why. Are you aware that mandatory helmet laws implemented in
>> Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Zealand and parts of Australia have not only
>> not shown benefits but have actually had negative effects (decreased
>> numbers of cyclists in all cases and sometimes an increase in the rate
>> of head injury after the law is enacted)?
> Ho hum, that would be a neat trick considering the helmet laws are not
> even enforced outside of Halifax in Nova Scotia. Which makes me think
> the rest of these "statitics" are in quesiton.
In New Zealand the law is savagely and ferociously enforced.
Between 1994 (law begin) and now:
Reduction in numbers of bicyclists 34%
Reduction in numbers of children bicycling 80%
Reduction in numbers of women bicycling 90%
Reduction in head injuries, deaths 19%
If you are careful enough in life, nothing bad -- or
good -- will ever happen to you.