Nigerian bikers wear fruit shells to avoid helmet law

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  1. dong20

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    "Police in Nigeria have arrested scores of motorcycle taxi riders with dried fruit shells, paint pots or pieces of rubber tyre tied to their heads with string to avoid a new law requiring them to wear helmets.

    The regulations have caused chaos around Africa's most populous nation, with motorcyclists complaining helmets are too expensive and some passengers refusing to wear them fearing they will catch skin disease or be put under a black magic spell.

    The law, which came into force on January 1, pits two factions equally feared by the common motorist against one another: erratic motorcycle taxis known as "Okadas," whose owners are notorious for road-rage, and the bribe-hungry traffic police.

    Some bikers have used calabashes -- dried shells of pumpkin-sized fruit usually used as a bowl -- or pots and pans tied to their heads with string to try to dodge the rules.
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    Nigerian bikers wear fruit shells to avoid helmet law

    Damn ... I love Africa.:cool:
     
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    Hard to believe four people will go on a scooter. If they just wear calabashes they'll all be safe(?!) Thanks for the visual.
     
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    Is the issue a matter of discomfort with a helmet, or a financial one?
     
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    The article makes it seem primarily financial.
     
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    It would see financial, it's most logical. There is probably a money making scam involved with the law. I mean outside of the obvious reason for making people wear helmets.
     
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    my head is getting itchy just thinking about it
     
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    Interesting to me as a motorcyclist myself. I wear a helmet, and a good one too. Too often i see and have ridden with guys{and gals too} wearing NOVELTY helmets. You see them quite often, they look like a tiny shell that hugs your skull skin-tight. They are not DOT approved at all.....and yet in most states the law turns a blind eye to the scoff-laws. The thing is, those beanie helmets are just more fractured/splintered delitritus for the ER docs to have to remove from your head in the event of an accident. Did you know that approxiamately 50% of motorcycle fatalities are guys in 40 - 50 year old age bracket? Reflexes or first time rolex riders? And you know what? i respect a riders right to choose to wear a helmet or not, where the law allows. I also think that if you choose to ride sans helmet {or beanie}, you should substantialy increase your life insurance as well as Health insurance. As for Nigeria....what can you possibly say about a grossly overladen 'TAXI' motorcycle of about 250cc's displacement,carrying 4 passengers!!
     
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    It's west Africa ... nothing out of the ordinary and great for beating traffic! And I'd be surprised if that bike was more than a 125.
     
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