Riders, please don’t scrimp when it comes to buying helmets. Remember, there are situations where it can spell the difference between quickly getting back up on your feet and a trip to the emergency room.
Two elderly riders were taught a lesson by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) personnel over the weekend for wearing unauthorized helmets, but not in the way you might expect. Instead of handing them tickets and fines, the MMDA enforcers gave them brand-new helmets to use.
MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija took to Facebook to share the new initiative. Another beneficiary of the agency’s recent helmet giveaway was a pregnant backrider on the way to a prenatal checkup. Look:
“We flagged down two PWDs riding in tandem with unauthorized helmets, an elderly couple to claim disability from SSS both with unauthorized helmets, and a pregnant woman back riding with her husband on their way for a prenatal checkup with the wife wearing an unauthorized helmet,” Nebrija said on social media. “All of them benefited this morning and received new sets of authorized helmets.”
Under general community quarantine guidelines, riders are only allowed to wear helmets will full-face visors. Besides this, you obviously want to go for products built to withstand the worst gravity has to throw at you in the event of an accident.
Anyway, this is definitely a good look for the MMDA. At the very least, it’s more proactive than just handing out fines all over the place and berating motorists. Good job.