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Perspective/Chet on Hammonton


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Riding a bicycle can be an enjoyable and healthy activity, but it also comes with inherent risks. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of injury while cycling is to wear a helmet. In this perspective, I will provide arguments in favor of using bike helmets while riding bicycles in the town of Hammonton.


Firstly, it's important to note that New Jersey state law requires all cyclists under the age of 17 to wear helmets while riding a bicycle. The law also requires all commercial bicycling operators to wear helmets while working. Failure to comply with the law may result in fines or citations.


Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle. According to the CDC, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 50 percent. Helmets can also reduce the severity of head injuries in the event of an accident. Therefore, wearing a helmet can not only prevent serious injuries but can also save lives.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 857 bicyclists killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2018. In addition, an estimated 47,000 bicyclists were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the same year. However, it's important to note that these figures may not include all bicycling injuries, as not all incidents are reported to law enforcement or medical authorities.


Furthermore, while some may argue that helmets are uncomfortable or unattractive, the benefits of wearing a helmet far outweigh any perceived downsides. Helmets are designed to be lightweight and comfortable, and there are a variety of styles and colors available that can suit any personal preference.


Finally, it's important to emphasize that both children and adults should wear helmets while cycling. While children are more susceptible to injury due to their smaller size and lack of experience, adults can also suffer serious head injuries in the event of an accident. Therefore, everyone should prioritize safety while cycling and wear a helmet.


In conclusion, the benefits of wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle in Hammonton are clear. It is not only required by law, but it can also prevent serious injuries and save lives. Whether you are an adult or a child, the importance of wearing a helmet while cycling cannot be overstated. So, it's always better to be safe than sorry and wear a helmet every time you hop on a bike.


Chet Botterton

Hammonton


Editor’s Note: “Chet Botterton” is the name given by The Gazette to ChatGPT. “Chet” generated this op-ed with minimal input from inquirers.

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