Forget that he might have screwed up his career, he is an adult and made his choice. He must live with the consequences.
But now, this "role model" set the example. How? By riding without a license. Just the type of behavior we should encourage.
I do not know the law in PA, but in DC, if you are operating a vehicle without a proper, valid license for that vehicle, the accident is your fault. Why? You should not be operating that vehicle, period.
No one can say of rider trainig would have made a whit of difference in this event. I can say that without a license, he had NO BUSINESS riding that bike. His error is compounded in the fact that he is a star football player and his reckless actions made the newspaper.
You know, I don't make millions a year, but somehow I manage to have a valid motorcycle license. My two cars and my motorcycle are properly registered and insured, and I am just "some guy", not a star. He should be held to the exact same standard as the rest of us.
I truly hope he makes a public appolgy for his behavior. I would also not be unhappy if he faced legal action for riding without a license.
Wow, two people with the influence to positively portray bikes and they both crash, without a license.
There's a store in my hometown that's been selling scooters and had a bicycle helmet hanging over the handlebars of one of the models on display. I hope those were 50 cc, but it still didn't look like a very effective lid.
When I was riding triathalons, my trials bike I trained on would get to 40+ mph if I was having a good day. Someone who does it for a living could easily do 45-50+ in spurts. If a bike helmet will protect you from a wipeout at that speed, then it should be fine for a 50cc scooter.
You have to wonder which would have more of and impact on the public : Ben didn't take precautions and this is the result...so wear your gear. Or, Ben suited up and walked away unharmed ... so remember to wear your gear.
On Two Wheel Tuesday, one of the hosts made Ben an offer that he should not refuse - Arai, one of the sponsors, is willing to donate to Ben, a FREE Arai lid! All Ben has to do is contact the show's host, and advise him which one he wants and his helmet size!
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