In Ontario, wearing a bike helmet while riding a bike is not mandatory if you are above the age of 18. Does that make sense? Of course not! Should wearing a seat belt only be mandatory until a certain age?
Some people argue that it’s their civil right to not wear a helmet, that if they were forced to wear one, it would be an infringement of their free will. How crazy is that? We as Ontarians are forced to pick up the tab of the over-payed doctors who treat people with injuries related to bicycle accidents simply because people are too stubborn or proud to wear helmets?
“How big of a tab did we pick up?” you may ask. Take a guess and it won’t be high enough. Last year Ontario residents payed just over 11 billion dollars to our doctors in taxes. That nine 0 figure is, granted, spread out over different treatments and doctors, but still, it’s way too high. Especially given the potential economic apocalypse that looms overhead with the Euro Crisis, we should be focused on cutting back on unnecessary spending in every aspect.
The highest tab from any doctor last year was $6.4 million. For one doctor. Given the average Ontarian income, it would take approximately 1,329 years to pay off that one bill, let alone the cost of all the doctors in Ontario.
Still think it’s an infringement on your free will? Please, do us all a favor and wear your helmet when you ride your bike!