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Man escapes fine for no helmet due to religious turban.

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Turd Ferguson, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Turd Ferguson

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    NO CONVICTION | The Queensland man who was charged for riding his bike without a helmet has escaped penalty.

    Jasdeep Atwal says it's his religious duty to wear his turban in public. The devout Sikh arrived and left the court on his silver bicycle.

    Exclusive story 9 News tonight at 6PM.




    Shitfight in 3..2..1
     
  2. Rufus®

    Rufus® I Jizzed in my pants

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    isn't there a today tonight / a current affairs sub forum for all this sort of shite?


    anyway, maybe someone needs to design a stack hat for a turban? I know you can get hard hats designed for that reason.
     
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    What a load of ****. If one of us Aussies did that an went to court, we be laughed at and it'd be thrown out if court with a decent fine against us
     
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    So can I wear my religious bombers beanie and get away with it? Footy is a religion too you know.
     
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    I dont see what the problem is, if he wants to die good for him.

    Hope no kids are around when his brains are on the pavement.
     
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    Probably provides equivalent head protection to a bicycle helmet anyway :).

    (I'm pretty sure that a being a Sikh means that he doesn't cut his hair and under the turban his hair is wrapped around and piled on top of his head; he couldn't physically wear a helmet without cutting it shorter.)
     
  7. davey g-force

    davey g-force I'm a sceptic...

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    I wonder if I could get away with eating a cow in his sorry native country, because my religion says it's ok?
     
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    Not to worry, bike riders are temporary citizens anyways...
     
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    I don't get a lot of the responses in this thread, "us aussies", "eating a cow in his sorry native country" (WTF does that have to do with anything, much less a helmet?). More people buying right into tabloid media.

    His nationality or religion shouldn't make a difference. What I see as the bigger problem is that nanny state says we have to wear a helmet, and that it will punish us if we don't. Adults can't think for themselves apparently.

    If you want to wear a helmet, power to you, and if you don't, power to you too as long as you accept the possible consequences in a worst case scenario.
     
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    Mind you, the issue is if he offs and doesn't die. Then the tax payer has to pay for his brain to be put back together. I guess thats why in the states helmets and seat belts are not mandatory ( depending on your state ) because you pay for your own medical car, well your insurance does.
     
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    complete moron.


    i wonder if he was carrying his traditional sword. i swear i have seen some medical people try and claim helmets do more damage then good.
     
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    should just change the laws to once your 18 its not a requirement to wear a helmet.
    but if you do fall/crash/stack while not wearing the helmet then bad luck, no insurance/health insurance coverages for you.

    aus is, im pretty sure the only country in the world where you do have to wear a helmet.
    or is one of the very few in the world. however most riders ride with one because of the safety factor.

    although personally i wont ride a bike without a helmet (unless its in my own driveway/or riding from the set up to the start gates at races, which is extremely slow speeds)
    ive had too many crashes, to know why you should always wear them. most recently being on rocks in competition

    but still, laws should be changed to 18+ not required to wear a helmet, but if damages do occur then stiff.


    as for helmets not being safe.
    it all depends on the purpose.
    your skatelid aint going to protect you on a DH track. nor will a full face Bike helmet protect you on a Motorbike.
    all helmets have to meet a specific standard and most are designed with specific speeds in mind.
    as again an example. my MTB full face is designed for slower speeds then a motorbike full face.
    however all helmets have to meet, from memory DOT and SNELL standards for certification.
     
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    Whilst good suggestion on paper, some crafty barrister and easily persuaded judge will set a nasty precedent if a case ever went before court.

    Aussies are becoming like American's, sue for everything just because they can.
     
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    good point.
    its just a shame that you can look at countries like that in europe and they can ride without helmets, which is at slow speeds just to get around, yet it cant happen over here in aus.
     
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    With the amount of morons on the road it is just a matter of time before he gets knocked off his bike and ends up in hospital.
    Then it will turn into a racial attack on him.
     
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    I guess you could say this guy is fully.....sikh... had to couldn't resist.
     
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    Not wearing a helmet?, I guess you could say....he's off his head!
     
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    K-BAGZ De Plane! De Plane!

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    ^^

    No need for racism. Sikh aren't Muslim afaik.

    The problem is not that he got off because of his religion, its that rules aren't common sense, there is no black and white.

    If someone had a head deformity and physically couldn't wear a helmet, it wouldn't have been a problem because any reasonable copper would never have booked him, just like they shouldn't have booked this fellow because he couldn't physically wear it...

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    We're one of two countries where its enforced.

    There was actually a study a while ago as to whether they are bike helmets are necessary for adults and it was found that they can actually cause more damage and their recommendations were that the law be removed for over 18s.

    Funny thing is the bike laws have actually had a negative impact if anything and 1/3 less of the population now ride bikes compared to when the law wasn't mandatory.
     

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