Time to get serious about head injuries

California state senator Carol Liu’s attempt to mandate helmet usage for cyclists ran into a roadblock when cycling advocates presented nearly uniform opposition to the bill. With the exception of blogger Patrick Brady over at Red Kite Bore, who took a “Doesn’t affect me” stance, the LA County Bicycle Coalition, California Association of Bicycling Organizations, and the California Bicycle Coalition vehemently opposed the bill.

As a result, the helmet law was scrapped and instead morphed into a bill to require that the Department of the Highway Patrol conduct a comprehensive study of bicycle helmet use. I heartily applaud this new bill because it clearly seeks to provide a scientific framework around which to base future helmet legislation. Requiring helmets to prevent head injuries is likely crucial to protecting our vulnerable population of cyclists, however, the legislation does not go far enough.

The study should be expanded to include all head injuries in California. A clear understanding of what causes people to injure their heads, if based on hard science, could lead to a revolution in head protection throughout this country, and ideally the world. In addition to requiring helmets for cyclists, a science-based study would almost certainly lead to other areas where the use of helmets would greatly improve the safety of our population.

I propose a “Protecting America” movement that will help expand Senator Liu’s bill to include a study of all head injuries and that will hopefully lead to full-time helmet usage in the following areas:

  1. Caging: More than 16,000 youth drivers suffer acute head injuries in collisions every year. All cagers in driving school, as well as those in their first five years of driving should be required to wear helmets. Since it is impossible to say whether the caging public at large will at any given time be hit by a youth driver, all drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists should likewise be required to wear helmets. Protecting our youth is our nation’s highest priority.
  2. Bathing: Over 235,000 people each year get injured while bathing and showering, with a disproportionate number of falls affecting women, youth, and those over age 85. Legislation should be directed to require women and elders to never enter a shower or bath area without full head protection. Since many of the injuries result in hip fractures, particularly for the elderly, Sen. Liu’s study should also include a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of “bathing armor,” i.e. clothing that can be worn while bathing that will protect fragile joints.
  3. Shitting: Shitters over the age of 65 are particularly prone to injury while getting up and off the toilet. “Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older,” says Judy Stevens, an epidemiologist at the CDC. Research on helmet usage among shitters over age 65 should be included in the bill, with a view towards requiring implementation of shitting helmet standards for the elderly, along with in-home surveillance systems similar to red light cameras that can observe helmetless shitting violations and issue citations.
  4. Fucking: Although statistics are hard to come by since emergency room patients usually ascribe their injuries during sex to another cause due to embarrassment, head injuries during coitus can be devastating, especially among younger, more adventurous sexual partners who are attempting sex acts on mountain tops, in moving vehicles, or with firearms.  By expanding Sen. Liu’s research mandate to include copulation-related injuries, we can get a better handle on the dangers associated with this activity and hopefully come up with legislation that will require fuckers of all ages to be helmeted before, during, and after sex. Elder Californians having sex while sitting on the toilet in the shower should have particular legislation drafted to ensure their safety.

I hope you will join me as I support Sen. Liu in her attempt to make our state, and hopefully our galaxy, a safer place, a galaxy where head injuries will eventually become a thing of the past.

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24 thoughts on “Time to get serious about head injuries”

  1. So, all the great points laid out in that well written CABO letter about step by step progressions that could be done to make the roads safer for pedestrians and bicyclists was ignored my Senator Liu. It would seem that Senator Liu really doesn’t give a hoot about these Californians.

  2. You forgot pre-natal helmets to protect babies heads during child birth. That would look great on the political resume.

  3. I believe brain damage falls under the umbrella of “head-injury” so can we include a study on those acts that cause stupifcation? I think we can finally get some answers concerning the danger of ingesting caustic partisan political disinformation and how to mitigate that danger.

  4. I can’t figure out if the new version of the bill will study “helmet use” or the pros and cons of “mandated helmet use.” It seems that we keep losing sight of the difference. And the difference is huge.

    1. They will twist it to focus on what cyclists are doing wrong and how Daddy Nanny can make it better for us and for insurers.

    2. It seems that we keep losing sight of the difference.

      Intentional. Can’t limit driver liability any other way.

  5. Its pretty obvious! Dont fuck while you shit without wearing a helmet, otherwise you’re just asking for it.

  6. “If you get rid of all the heads, head injuries will rapidly and drastically decline”
    – Somebody

    “Without a head, a head injury is obsolete.”
    – Somebody Else

    “A head injury can’t happen to a headless person. Truth.”
    – Somebody Else Completely

  7. All this talk about head injuries is giving me a headache…I’m going to go put on my helmet, just in case I pass out. Wouldn’t want to hit my head.

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