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August 28, 2013

Editorial: Reinforcement for advocate

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“What disturbs me most in our area of Plattsburgh are the number of people — young, middle age and older — who I see biking without wearing a helmet. Why does the law in NYS require helmets only up to the age of 14? It makes no sense at all to me and should not make sense to anyone else.

“If you are over 14, does that mean you can fall off a bike and hit your head and you will be fine? As a retired neurosurgeon, I can categorically tell you this is not true. I am living proof of the fact, for if I had not be wearing my helmet, I most likely would not be here ...

“I see children of all ages without a helmet on their bikes; why? Come on, parents, let’s get control and insist that all and anyone who cycles should wear a helmet. The brain is fragile and though protected by the hard skull bone, it is not protection enough from severe damage when falling from a bike.

“Parents should take the lead by wearing one, and children should be told: ‘No helmet; no bike.’”

That’s the message from a man who knows the reality from all perspectives: bike rider, parent, doctor — and, now, patient. Listen up.

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