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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Not a funny photo!

 I know I have been posting a few funny photos of late but unfortunately this is not one of them.  Motorbikes here are the family saloon, and this, to my horror, is the child seat.  This is not a one off photo.  I see these every day, too many times.  The whole thought of it makes me shudder.   To make it worse, only fairly recently was it mandatory for bike riders to wear a helmet.  Unfortunately, it is not necessary for children and NO-ONE puts one on their child.  So they sit atop this kiddy throne with not a care in the world...and no protection on their heads.  There was a terrible story the other month where a child had fallen asleep on the bike and a truck came up behind and honked its horn.  The child startled, fell off, was run over by the truck and killed.  Too awful to imagine.  Why oh why would you put a mask on your childs face to protect them from pollution and then plonk them on this thing. I just don't get it.  Sure, you may not have an accident, but in a city that has an approximate 4 million (no, not a typo...4 MILLION) motorbikes, it is not worth the risk.

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