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HELMETS: Avoid possible tragic ending

Letter by Mike J. Whitton, Tacoma on June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am | 2 Comments »
June 1, 2012 2:30 pm

Regardless whether you are for or against the Milton City Council’s decision to drop the city’s helmet law (TNT, 5-28), I have a couple of brief stories.

Several years ago I was mountain biking down Crystal Mountain and took a spill into a pile of very large rocks. I had many scratches and bruises but, more important to this story, I had a very large dent in my helmet and it really rang my bell. Without the helmet it would likely have been tragic.

A few years ago, a good friend bought a bike. We took a ride together. He was not wearing a helmet because he didn’t like the way they looked. I told him my story, and he did get himself one.

Some time later, while riding down a hill on Portland Avenue, he hit some debris on the road and went down head-first to the curb. It knocked him out.

Should you wear a helmet? Guess what I recommend.

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