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HELMETS: Avoid possible tragic ending

Letter by Mike J. Whitton, Tacoma on June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am with 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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  1. beerBoy says:

    Anyone who doesn’t wear a helmet is already brain-damaged.

  2. spotted1 says:

    I feel that our desire to limit the effects of Darwinian evolution are harmful to our planet. It is not always the strong that survive, but those most adaptable to change. Let those that don’t want to wear helmets not.

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