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Do You Support Mandatory Helmet Laws in the ACT [With poll]

By howeph - 10 May 2013 48

When you reflect on the following photo from Holland, what do you see?

Cyclists in Holland

What do you see in the photo?

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howeph 3:56 pm 14 May 13

RadioVK said :

In answer to your question, you could have asked if the people in the photo were exposing themselves to a greater risk of injury or death by failing to wear a helmet.

Yes I agree.

The middle option, for people such as yourself who think that it really is a good idea to always wear a helmet but don’t think that it should be illegal, should have been more measured. Maybe I should have had something like:

“People exposing themselves to a greater risk of injury or death by failing to wear a helmet, but it’s their life, their responsibility.”

But as you say, that option wasn’t the point of the exercise.

Spitfire3 3:36 pm 14 May 13

howeph said :

However clearly a number of people who wanted to answer ‘Yes’ did find it difficult. Why?

Simple. There wasn’t a “Yes” option.

RadioVK 3:27 pm 14 May 13

howeph said :

RadioVK said :

I think you just answered your own question by admitting that the questions were loaded…

I didn’t admit that the *questions* were loaded; only that the *answers* might be considered loaded.

Assuming that you meant “answers” above, what do you think the unbiased/non-loaded answers should have been to the same question?

If you did indeed mean “questions”, then again, please describe how my poll questions are biased.

Quite right, I did mean answers, rather than questions.

In answer to your question, you could have asked if the people in the photo were exposing themselves to a greater risk of injury or death by failing to wear a helmet.

Of course, this is largely irrelevant, as you have already admitted that this exercise was less about getting a meaningful answer to the question, and more about stimulating discussion. I can respect this, as you obviously have strong opinions on the matter, but you do risk coming across as someone with nothing but an axe to grind.

In any case, laws or no laws, you’ll never convince me that riding a bike without a helmet is a good idea, and I still think that anyone who would ride thier bike without a helmet is a bloody idiot.

I’m no fan of government over regulation or the nanny state, and I don’t actually care if the laws are abolished or not, as it won’t affect my decision on wearing a helmet, but sometimes the stupid need to be saved from themselves.

Dilandach 3:13 pm 14 May 13

howeph said :

RadioVK said :

I think you just answered your own question by admitting that the questions were loaded…

I didn’t admit that the *questions* were loaded; only that the *answers* might be considered loaded.

Assuming that you meant “answers” above, what do you think the unbiased/non-loaded answers should have been to the same question?

If you did indeed mean “questions”, then again, please describe how my poll questions are biased.

You clearly have no idea if you didn’t think they were loaded. You create a poll from a neutral standpoint without injecting your own bias, emotion or sarcasm into it.

A simple poll with the question “Do you agree with ACT helmet laws” with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Instead we got a poll with a picture attached with the first option being the one you wanted and any other option being the insinuation that anyone supporting the laws is pedantic, over exaggerating the danger posed by head injuries and should be in near hysterics over seeing people (in another country no less) riding around with no helmets.

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