The unpopular ‘helmet law’
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
There is a saying old folks quote whenever they talk about children who refuse to listen to good advice given for their own good and insist on doing things that could be harmful or uncomfortable for them: “You put them to sleep on a bed, but they will roll out and sleep on the floor.”
The saying seems to apply in the implementation of the law that requires motorcycle riders to wear protective helmets when they are on the road. The law applies, not only to those driving, but also to those who ride in tandem with them, as they weave around the streets of towns or cities, and especially when they are traversing the more dangerous highways.
Thankfully, motorists in Bacolod City and many of Negros Occidental have come to accept the new requirement, and the local police are trying their best to ensure compliance with the law, that also imposes stiff penalties to violators.
This could mean that those who are obeying the so-called helmet law, are aware that its intent is to ensure their safety while traveling on this type of transportation that is quite dangerous, and very vulnerable when it comes to encounters with the bigger and more powerful ones on the road.
It is significant to point out that statistics, both local and national, show motorcycle accidents on the top of the lists for fatal ones. News reports, from Manila and other parts of the country about motorcycle accidents with fatalities, almost invariably note that the victims were “not wearing protective helmets”.
That alone should cue violators about how deadly non-compliance with this particular law can be. While it is admitted that such helmets are expensive, and also uncomfortable to wear, are those considerations worth more than human lives?*