Crossing Cambodia

Friday, February 09, 2007

Helmet's in Laos

Another country in the region struggling with safety issues and law enforcement:
'Implementation of fines (for not wearing helmets) was practically non existent, however, for fear that the enforcement would cause uncontrolled price hikes for helmets and that Vientiane residents who rely on motorcycles could not afford helmets.'
And then the statistics:
'Approximately 84% of all road crash victims were motorcyclists, and 90% of the casualties suffered some form of head injury. Most of the victims did not wear a motorcycle helmet.'
So why can't the police enforce there? Already 30-40% of the traffic participants wear helmets. In such cases reluctance to enforce only contributes to failure to protect citzens from themselves. Or not?
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