Sat, 7 Feb 1998 15:38:58 -0700
The risks of an injury increase dramatically as well as the severity of the
injury when motors are involved in the activity. Motors on cars that hit
bikes or motors on snowmobiles. The physics are simple, you increase the
speed and the mass of the vehicle moving with or towards the body. The
greater the mass and/or speed the greater the severity of the injury.
The increase in injury is not based on physics but on age. It takes
experience to handle machines. Insurance companies determined that years
ago. That is why young drivers are rated so highly. I used to track the
reported deaths in the NESA newsletter. The majority of the young eagles
died in car accidents.
Life is a risk. More people die in the bathroom or kitchen then on bikes
or snowmobiles. Don't tell me something is safe. It is not. Don't assume
your acceptance of the risk means it's safe. Understand the greater risk
to your scouts.
Yours in Scouting
12340 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood, CO 80228-2841
Eagle Class of 69, Vigil, Denver Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City