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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by EMNofSeattle View Post
    Yeah I used to walk two miles down to the ferry dock at southworth with my dog when I was 10-12. Never an issue.

    Then again in a rural area like where I grew up is a little different then in an urban area adjacent to the most dangerous major city In the country
    Not really. I grew up in NYC and we were going to the local park, unescorted by adults, by the time we were 9. By 12 I was riding buses and subways alone. What's changed is people's attitudes. We're a society of chicken littles.
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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I never understood the whole kids must wear bicycle helmets thing. The fact of the matter is there is really no evidence out there to suggest they do anything but look stupid.
    Neither have I. Heck, we all survived with out them. I was surprised when my red state city passed an ordinance requiring them. I just ignored it and was only going to make my kids wear them if I was directly told to do so by a police officer. Thankfully, that has not happened.

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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    just more of the nanny state

    government thinking it knows better than parents on how to raise their children
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    Re: Police and "Free Range" Children

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I never understood the whole kids must wear bicycle helmets thing. The fact of the matter is there is really no evidence out there to suggest they do anything but look stupid.
    I do understand and first-hand. For a period of years, my daughter was rather the poster child for bike helmets and testified more than once before the state Congress (as did I). When you fall off a bike, the greatest danger is a traumatic head injury. Broken arms are fixable, brains not so much.

    In my kid's case, she was struck by a truck dragging a trailer and driving 45 mph. The bike went one way, the seat of the bike went another, and the kid went yet another, being thrown 15 feet in the air and landing on her head. Helmet was split four ways. DPS used to take that helmet around to schools. I still have it.

    Kid spent the night in the hospital and was pretty scratched up, but she sustained no major injuries. I'll never forget seeing her stretched out on the grass unconscious with blood trickling out of her mouth just like in the movies. Or the remorseful truck driver, a young father himself, literally sitting in the middle of the road keening.

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