It's not April 1st. is it?
I’m not quite sure what to make of this latest invention to come out of Sweden; an airbag for cyclists who refuse to wear a helmet. A collar that inflates in 0.1 seconds on impact to cover the head and neck.
Do they really think that someone who refuses to wear a helmet will wear one of these?
And why only cyclists? How about one for every pedestrian on the street; or better yet a full body suit that inflates with helium so the unfortunate victim can float harmlessly over the car after he is hit.
There is just something entirely wrong with the whole premise that people who drive automobiles be allowed to do so in any fashion they see fit, and then we try to protect the same driver and every other person he may injure with helmets, airbags and other devices.
I have said before, it is akin to giving everyone a gun, allowing them to fire it indiscriminately wherever and at whatever they please, and then issuing everyone around them a bullet proof vest.
It is really quite simple: if a person can’t drive on the street without running into someone, that person should not be allowed to drive on the street. I am not saying that all collisions are a driver’s fault; there are pedestrians and cyclists who suddenly appear out of nowhere.
But the modern automobile has become so easy to drive, that people operate a vehicle as if they are sitting on their living room sofa. There has to be a change in attitude, that it is not okay to be eating, drinking coffee, applying makeup, or using some electronic device while driving.
Let’s start by removing airbags and other safety restraints from the inside of cars, and spend the money saved on driver education. Start holding people accountable for their actions; if you kill someone, you lose the privilege to drive.
Cigarette advertising has been banned in most places because it is deemed hazardous to people’s health. How about banning car ads for the same reason?
Every ad on television for the latest car or SUV shows the vehicle speeding though deserted streets at night, or doing the same in daylight on country roads devoid of any other traffic. Then we wonder why the average motorist gets angry when there is someone in his way.
He has been sold an idea that he has the right to an empty highway where he can drive without restriction. This is false advertising at its worst, and in the real world can never be.
In the meantime the real world has gone crazy; a cook-coo land where we are expected to wear airbags on our heads to protect us from a danger that in a civilized world should not exist