Earlier this month, two new laws went into effect. The first law is one that should have been in place years ago. And it actually was.
When I was in labor with Jack, the entire hospital was abuzz with the news of a young man who had been beheaded in a horrific motorcycle accident. The Presidente Municipal (mayor) immediately passed a law requiring anyone riding a motorcycle or scooter to wear a helmet. Those who refused would be fined 350 pesos (about 28 dollars) and possibly have their motorcycle taken away.
That's a good thing, right? At least that's what I thought. But a lot of people weren't happy about having to pay 120 pesos (less than 10 dollars) for something that could save their lives. The public outcry was so overwhelming, that the law was dropped, never to be heard from again.
Until this month...
As of June 1st, everyone riding a motorcycle or scooter is required to wear a helmet. The driver and all passengers. Those who don't comply will be fined 350 pesos and have their motorcycle taken away. Again...this is a very good thing. And most people seem to be in agreement. Some are even buying (or making)
Like this one that Hubby is wearing. It was made by one of his customers out of fiberglass. Hubby lined the inside with foam for comfort and a better fit. And he added a leather strip to keep it in place. How would you react if you saw someone riding down the street in one of these?
Then there's my neighbor. He decided that he didn't want a dull, boring helmet. So he dressed it up with a nail mohawk. Not the safest thing, is it?
But there are some people that just haven't grasped that the whole helmet concept is for their safety. We have seen people of all ages barely wearing their helmets. Straps flipping in the wind. But the helmet that takes the cake, has to be this one that Hubby covered with vinyl. Cute, huh?
Now, what if I told you that it is made entirely out of duct tape? I kid you not! Kind of defeats the whole purpose, doesn't it?
Ay, Dios mio!