Bring Back Helmet Laws in PA
Yesterday as I sat stuck in traffic in my car on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, alongside me came a gray haired woman on a Vespa darting in and out of traffic. She had a helmet on, but was wearing a dress with a long skirt, purple I think. She wasn't wearing solid shoes either - she was wearing a sandal shoe for lack of a better description. A Vespa is still a motorbike, so I thought that kind of dangerous, just like the darting and weaving in and out of traffic.
Also yesterday, while running errands in Newtown Square as I sat at the intersection of Route 3 and Bryn Mawr Avenue facing Dunwoody, I saw two teenage boys riding illegal motorized mini bikes on West Chester pike. They were without helemts and were riding stunt style - as in their feet were on the seat, on the handle bars, not where one would have thought they should have been. I saw someone die in a car accident at this particular intersection a few months ago, so these boys I know for a fact were really tempting fate on a busy highway. And yes, Route 3 or West Chester Pike is a busy highway.
So I got to thinking about those two doctors, a married couple actually, who were hit by that Landrover earlier this summer in Bryn Mawr near Yang Ming. One died. One is goign to be recvoering for a VERY long time... I still think as per newspaper reports I have read that they were not wearing helmets when the Vespa crashed. To me that was surprising and stupid, considering they were doctors. But the laws don't say helmets are needed, do they?
I know someone in Chicago who had a Vespa accident not too long ago. They weren't going fast, but slid on a wet street. There are no helemet laws there either, apparently, and this person is lucky they escaped with only a busted rib and hurt shoulder.
When the helmet laws were repealed in Pennsylvania I couldn't believe it. I thought Rendell demonstrated great stupidity with that swipe of the pen in repealing helmet laws. A few years later, I still find it to be a mistake. I know a LOT of people who ride motorcycles, and they all use helmets. I also know people who are getting into the whole Vespa mode of transportation. None of them have helmets, and I wonder, in order to ride a Vespa, do these people have to take a safety course like you do if you wish to legally be able to drive a motorcycle?
I know many motorcycle riders who do not enjoy riding as much anymore because of the crazy drivers in this area. I fear for the Vespa drivers because they are so much smaller. Maybe it's time to bring back the helmet laws and expand it enough to include motorized things like Vespas,and Mini Bikes? Anyway, I am not the only one thinking about this ironically.
Please read this excellent article from Jeff Cobb of The Bulletin. He has told me I can post this :