'Repeal bicycle helmet laws'
AN election call to repeal bicycle safety laws is unlikely to attract the support of a particular young Gympie cyclist.
The call came from the Liberal Democrats New South Wales Senate candidate Glenn Druery, who said claims the laws are useful were contradicted by Sydney University research.
“Two researchers have just published a paper pointing out that the laws have not reduced head injuries,” he said.
And they claim the requirement for wearing a helmet is deterring potential bike riders.
“Laws that seek to protect us from our own choices, without protecting anyone else, are alway wrong,” he said.
“But when they do not even achieve what they set out to do, they show that the nanny-state has gone mad.
“As a competitive ultra-marathon cyclist, I wear a helmet by choice.
“But I don’t want the government saying it knows better than I do.
“And I don’t want my taxes used for police to book people who make a different choice from me.”
Only two months ago, Joe Horvat, 11, showed The Gympie Times the damage to his expensive safety helmet, after he collided with a car in Nash Street.
As the paper reported at the time, he can always buy another helmet.
Much harder to buy a new head, he and his mother, Nancy, agreed in an interview.
“The police said if it wasn’t for the helmet, I wouldn’t be here,” Joe said.
“It was a good brand,” his mother said.
“It is a real helmet and we’re just glad he was wearing one,” she said.