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    Posted on 2 Mar 2016

    Should Cyclists Get Punished For Not Wearing A Helmet?

    Today in "first world problems".

    Sup fam, how you doin? Let's talk about cycling laws.

    So, NSW recently introduced a shit-tonne of new laws for cyclists and motorists. It's all about making the roads ~safer~ and ~better~, while also upping the ante on a bunch of regulations around infringement notices.

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    The new laws include further restrictions on the distance between cyclists and cars, and a big ol' increase on fines for cyclists who break road rules, like running a red light or refusing to stop for pedestrians.

    In 2017, cyclists over the age of 18 (~adults~) will have to have photo identification when they ride as well.

    Yesterday, a cyclist in Sydney was hit with one of the first "new and improved" fines for failing to wear a helmet. It cost him $319.

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    "I knew about the no helmet laws but I was just riding about a mile and a half home," he told News Corp.

    Quite a lot of people are sorta pissed by the new laws, which also see new fines in place for things like riding without a bell.

    Very glad I'm not a #cyclist in #NSW. $319 fine for not wearing a helmet? That's a simultaneous combination of obscene, absurd and appalling

    Thanks to the NSW Gov from today a cyclist without a bell is as bad as a ISIS Terrorist #auspol

    As a #cyclist, increasing #bicycle fines does not make me feel safer or make me actually safer from aggressive and inconsiderate motorists.

    But then there are also a few people that are sick and tired of Sydney cyclists' apparent rejection of the old laws.

    Like, almost every day I am nearly run over by some cyclist that decides it's okay to break the law and ride on the footpath.

    I'm confused as to why the new cyclist laws aren't simply 'cyclists need to get out of my way'

    Every single cyclist I've seen riding tonight has been wearing a helmet.

    1. So, is a $319 fine for not wearing a helmet fair, or should people be in control of their own lives and have the option to take the risk?

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    So, is a $319 fine for not wearing a helmet fair, or should people be in control of their own lives and have the option to take the risk?
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      The new laws are good and will make things safer for everyone.
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      The new laws are over the top and bad.

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