Friday, September 9, 2011
Bicycle helmet injuries
Date commenced: 25th August 2010
* In 2009, a five year old boy from Tasmania died when his helmet got caught on the clothesline while he was bouncing on a trampoline.
* In 2007, a three year old boy from South Australia died when his helmet got caught while he was climbing through a window.
* In 2003, a two year old boy from Victoria died when his helmet got caught on his bunk bed.
From the ACCC's own website, Product Safety Australia clearly states that:
'where evidence shows a risk of serious injury or illness related to certain sporting and recreation products, these products must meet compulsory safety requirements known as mandatory safety standards. In some cases dangerous sporting and recreation goods are banned from supply in Australia.'
Therefore in light of this statement & the fact that bicycle helmets have been identified as products that may place us at a 'risk of serious injury', it appears that the reason a mandatory standard is required for bicycle helmets is to provide a regulated form of protection from the actual bicycle helmets themselves.
So what was our government thinking when it suddenly created laws to force us to wear bicycle helmets when the corporate watch-dog had identified them as potentially risky?
Why didn't they ever do this for vaccines?
Why is informed 'non-immunisation' a health issue rather than a criminal issue?
Why is informed 'non-bicycle-helmet-wearing' a criminal issue rather than a health issue?
Our bicycle helmet law sucks...sigh