Thursday, June 08, 2006

Road Pizza

As I've stated here before, this is the land of the scooter/motorcycle. According to government statistics, nearly half of the population of this country has a motorbike. Despite having so many crazy two-wheelers on the streets, there is a very low accident rate, people here know how to navigate these streets REALLY well.

One aspect of the motorcycle culture that just freaks me out is folks will pile 3 or 4 people on one motorcycle! This happens because it's often the only form of transportation a family has. When they all pile on, the little kids are usually in the front and NOT WEARING A HELMET!!!! The parents always wear helmets...not the kiddies. 9 out of 10 times I see the kids with their noses just above the handle bars and their hair blowing in the wind, how freaking crazy is that??? Do the adults think it's ok for them to safeguard themselves against brain injuries, but not their kids? Regardless of how good the drivers may be, the reality is, accidents happen and they need to be a bit more concerned about the little ones...ugh.

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