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post #61 of 158
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Originally Posted by new2this View Post
I wouldn't have called, but would have maybe called the non-emergency number.
I would have done this also, but obviously they considered it an emergency if they came out that quickly.
post #62 of 158
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Originally Posted by WindyCityMom View Post
All in all, I think I did the right thing.
no matter what mama the key is this. at that moment you had to do what you felt was right. you had to act immediately. here i am sitting in my comfortable chair i can 'think' i will act one way but who knows how i would have acted.

and just to point out there are different definitions of poor. i am poor too. but the level of poverty i am talking about i assure you no one on MDC is that poor. not just financially but resources and chances too.
post #63 of 158
I love how there's an assumption being made that this was a poor family. Maybe...but it could just as easily be my middle-class dad who jerry-rigs everything and scoffs at safety laws.
post #64 of 158
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Originally Posted by gcgirl View Post
I love how there's an assumption being made that this was a poor family. Maybe...but it could just as easily be my middle-class dad who jerry-rigs everything and scoffs at safety laws.
The point is we don't know. The point is we should give people the benefit of the doubt sometimes...when possible.
post #65 of 158
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yes *should have" helmets on everyone.

neither of which is illegal.
Where we live, kids not wearing helmets IS illegal.
post #66 of 158
I may have used the non emergency number to call it in.
post #67 of 158
I think based on what you described and the recording your non-emergency number has, that you did the right thing by calling 911. You don't know the man's economic status and really it doesn't even matter if he is poor or not - bottom line, the kids weren't in a safe situation and that needed to be addressed.
post #68 of 158
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the Above mentioned man had a rickety homemade wooden bench seat on the back of his bike (it was a 3 wheeler bike that typically has a basket back there).
I would not have called but I might have gone up to him and told him to watch out, that kids on a bike even like that need helmets and harnesses, according to the law, and I'd hate to see him get a ticket. "Maybe they'd go easier if you stayed on the sidewalk. Sorry to bother you, I just would hate to see your fun ruined!"
post #69 of 158
I think you did the right thing. Especially since he was driving in such an irratic manner and putting EVERYONE else at risk.
post #70 of 158
I would've called. Tell your dh that he'd better never "learn a lesson" like that where your kids are involved.

If he'd been alone, I would've called the non-emergency number because I have it in my phone. If I didn't have it for some reason, I would still call 911 for drunken-seeming bicycle riding.
post #71 of 158
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Originally Posted by sparklefairy View Post
The fine should be higher and come with a "free" bike helmet. (Though you can get a bike helmet in my town for $10.)
Or the fine should be $10, come with a helmet, and the second fine should be $100.
post #72 of 158
Oh, and I can't imagine an illiterate and poor person wanting anyone to think that being either poor or illiterate would mean that they'd be stupid enough to bike into oncoming traffic. Just like with rich people, the vast majority of poor people have basic common sense and would be horribly offended to be treated like they didn't.
post #73 of 158
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Originally Posted by mamadelbosque View Post
I wouldn't have called. I'm w/ your DH - its not your job to make sure everyone is being 'safe' all the time, and its just not your job.


http://www.ski-epic.com/amsterdam_bicycles/

I love the site I posted above. We don't use helmets either
post #74 of 158
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Originally Posted by SubliminalDarkness View Post
Minors without bike helmets is not illegal where you are? It's been illegal since I was a kid everywhere we've lived. Under 18, helmet required, no exceptions.

It's not illegal where I live, thank goodness!!
post #75 of 158
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Originally Posted by liliaceae View Post
I can't imagine minding my own business if I saw someone putting their children's lives, not to mention the lives of other drivers, in danger. You did the right thing.

I feel strongly that it's the parents' rights to decide what constitutes danger.
post #76 of 158
Can I just say... there are lots of places that give out free helmets.

Bike and motorbike head injuries are awful. I honestly think I'd rather have almost anything than a head injury... to not feel myself. That is the logic behind those laws, you know. That, and the fact that head injuries keep you permanently incapacitated and yet... alive. Which costs a LOT of money. You can imagine that it's in our interest to make people at least keep their noggin padded.

I don't like helmets, either, but tough titties. I'm not going to take the risk of subjecting society to my enormous lifetime medical bills, or risk some horrid brain injury just to feel the wind in my hair.
post #77 of 158
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Originally Posted by Marsupialmom View Post
Honestly, If I saw a guy with a make shift seat for his kids on a bike with no helmets I would assume he (they) were doing the best they could. .
I agree.
post #78 of 158
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
I respectfully disagree. The safety of children is not the responsibility of everybody...

OP. I would have stopped and talked to the man to see if there was something going on, such as him being drunk (If my husband was with me) if he seemed to be I would have called the police and waited for them to arrive. If I didn't talk to him I wouldn't call. I see things every day that are dangerous for kids.Sadly some people are not as concerned with safety as I am.

I agree. Actually I would say "I see things that I feel are dangerous for kids every day. Like formula feeding (in most cases). Or people smoking in a car with the windows rolled up with their kids in the back seat. But I mind my own business.
post #79 of 158
As a trauma nurse that could have been taking care of their injuries - or calling family to let them know of a tragedy - I say thank you.

I would have called too.
post #80 of 158
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Originally Posted by vbactivist View Post
I feel strongly that it's the parents' rights to decide what constitutes danger.
Fine. As long as they aren't putting others at risk too. And biking into on coming traffic, so that an accident was only avoided by the car braking, risks a multi-car pile-up.

Like I said, I would've called the police on him if he'd been alone. If he then has to explain to the police why he felt the seat and not wearing helmets was safe, that's his look out, shouldn't have been doing it unless he had made a deliberate decision that it did not constitute danger.
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