Some Crazy Indians

(Motorcyclists dicing with death? Picture taken by my sister when she first visited India in 2005)

No offence intended but don’t you guys ever thought of wearing a safety helmet when you are riding a bike?

I was watching the news over Astro couple days ago when the issue of fatality involving motorcyclist in India was raised. A short take of the traffic on Indian roads was also shown and I could not help noticing that most are not wearing any safety helmet. One or two was wearing but their pillion riders were wearing none. Given the bad condition of Indian roads (as mentioned by my sister) and the almost lawless style of driving, it is little wonder why fatality is almost certain for a motorcyclist who been knocked down in an accident. This fact is nothing new and has been raised before – read here.

So, feeling little bit disbelief, I thought why people in India on the first place ever bothered to report on the issue. For start, wearing helmet is almost none existance. There is no law on the matter. The road condition is as bad as it can get (which is why Indian made cars are tough built) . And traffic rules it seems are meant to be broken (it seems so in every country).

Riding a bike without a helmet seems to be a norm in many countries. Sometimes in such countries, one can ride a motorcycle without a safety helmet because there is no law requiring a helmet to be worn when riding a bike. In Malaysia however, there is a strict law requiring motorcyclist to wear a helmet when on the road but all one needs to do is to go to residential areas and find young and old riding a bike without any helmet and riding with total disregards to the law.

How much a safety helmet cost in India? Even though there is no law compelling the use of safety helmet when one is on the road, it should not stop one from wearing it when riding a bike. Life is not that cheap to be wasted.

We have a share of idiots, right here in Malaysia who despite knowing that it is against the law to be not wearing a helmet when on the road, continue to ride one without a helmet. They are putting themselves and their pillion rider in danger. Given the fact that some even ride the bike in dangerous ways, it just amplifies the risk.

Sometimes the issue is not whether there is a law exist on the issue or whether there is any enforcement of such law but rather the issue is whether there is an attitude problem when it comes to road safety.

Read also:-

Uneducated

I almost murdered someone last Sunday night

Motorcyclist killed after ramming bus

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5 Comments

  • Heh..heh…hehh…In most parts of India, you would look pretty odd riding a motorbike wearing a helmet, positively weird if you wear a full-faced one.

  • im scared of bikes. ever since the bike dad n i were riding met with an accident 23 years ago! and i dont wnt to have anything to do with it. though i long to see whose the culprit who invented the bikes in the first place! 😉

    =ammu=

  • “culprit who invented the bikes in the first place”..hehe

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