Strap On a Helmet

By , Memphis, TN
Bicycling is a fun activity for kids to participate in, but only when having helmets on. I believe that everyone, when riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard, or rollerblades should be ordered by law to buckle a helmet onto their head. Helmets prevent major head injuries and can save someone’s life; therefore, people should enforce the laws of wearing a helmet and never ignore them.
When I was younger I always complained about wearing helmets. I said that it would mess up my hair, or the strap hurt my neck. But the truth is, the helmet saved me when I fell going swiftly down a hill. I flipped over my bike and somersaulted across the sidewalk. Consequently, whenever I go biking I always wear a helmet, no matter how cute my hair looks. Helmets prevent injuries everyday.
An annual average of eighty children, sixteen years old and younger, die every year because they do not wear helmets. Just think about how many young lives could have been saved if they were wearing helmets. In addition, when bicycling, one must think about others around them. Distractions can often lead to injuries.
Drivers of automobiles have made the death rate of young cyclists increase because they are inattentive to their surroundings. Distractions like cell phones and radios are in use while people are driving and interfere when drivers should be focusing on the road. Many cyclists who have gotten into accidents dealing with automobiles have thankfully been wearing helmets. In contrast, the ones who were not were wearing helmets were not as fortunate. People who do not wear helmets are at higher risk of terminal brain damage.
In conclusion, everyone, especially children under the age of sixteen, should be forced by law to wear helmets when riding on bicycles. Helmets reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury. Cyclists cannot expect for others around them to yield, they must take the initiative and strap on a helmet.





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