Monday, June 12, 2006

steeler territory

Now the news is reporting Ben Roethlisberger has a broken jaw and a broken nose, but they did perform emergency surgery on him earlier. I wonder if this is going to change Mr. "I Drive Carefully" 's feelings about wearing a helmet. Anybody with a lick of sense KNOWS it's not always about YOU when you're involved in an accident. And while I don't know that I subscribe to Terry Bradshaw's feelings that Ben should be riding his motorcycle "after he retires," he should certainly take safety precautions while riding now.

I think repealing the helmet law was one of the DUMBEST things ever. Way to go idiot Senator Wozniak. In the first four months after that law was repealed, deaths among helmetless riders more than doubled, from six to 15, compared with the year-ago period. Fatalities among riders wearing helmets dropped 28 percent, from 25 to 18. I guess some people just enjoy the wind rustling through their brain matter.

Oooh, sad news from Pittsburgh this morning. Steeler quarterback Ben Rothlisberger has been involved in a motorcycle accident on the Tenth Street Bridge and Second Street. Rothlisberger, who apparently was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident allegedly has severe head and facial injuries. A woman was attempting to make a left hand turn in his path, although he had the green light, but apparently couldn't stop in time and went into her windshield. The paramedics and police officers said he tried to stand when they arrived on the scene, he got to his knees then collapsed.

The news reported that Ben's refusal to wear a helmet when driving his motorcycle has been addressed several times within the Steeler organization.

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