Originally Posted by Richie-Rich
What gets me so fired up on the subject is the monumentally ignorant contra-helmet posts. No one who wears a helmet feels it will protect them from everything but they all acknowledge that it helps and increases one's odds for walking away from an accident. Those against helmets feel that they are useless and actually contribute to injuries...to me that's ignorance on a whole new level (must be the same people who deny the Holocaust and that man has made it to the moon), and the fact they they spew that around is disturbing.
Edited by Richie-Rich - 4/21/2009 at 04:09 pm GMT
It's generally because they are the "I've been around so long, I know everything, everything newer then when I started is cheater gear" types.
Reminds me of Dale Earnhardt, one of the miserable old men of the sport,(there are plenty of them here) and the HANS device.
"Earnhardt was pretty much the ringleader against it," racing journalist Ed Hinton recalled. "He once referred to the HANS device as, quote, 'that damned noose.' His common sense told him if you wore straps around your helmet and you got in a crash it was going to hang you. So he referred to it as the noose because he thought it was going to kill him rather than save him...
On February 18, 2001, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed in the Daytona 500, the 4th death in NASCAR in a 14-month span due to basilar skull fractures. While it is still debated whether his death was the result of a broken seat belt, or inadequate head and neck restraint, the fact remained that he died of a Basilar skull fracture, which is prevented by the proper use of belts and a head / neck restraint