Sunday, August 22, 2010

Helmet

A helmet is a form of protective gear worn on the head to protect it from injuries, a variation of the hat. Ceremonial or symbolic helmets (e.g., English Policeman’s Helmet) without protective function are sometimes used. The oldest known use of helmets was by Assyrian soldiers in 900BC, who wore thick leather or bronze helmets to protect the head from blunt object and sword blows and arrows in combat. Soldiers still wear helmets, now often made from lightweight plastics, to protect the head from bullets and shell fragments - courtesy WIKI
Helmets are compulsory in most European countries, in many states in the US and in countries like Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

The Government has made it mandatory vide its order dated 22.02.2007 for the two wheeler riders and the pillion riders to wear helmets with effect from June 1, 2007 at Chennai and other 5 Municipal Corporations (Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem, Tirunelveli);  -  Chennai News
A mandatory helmet usage law was enacted on June 1, 1997 in Taiwan. Before the helmet law, it was reported that only 21% of motorcyclists used helmets, while 95.95% used helmets after the law was in place. – Taiwan News
The variety of headgear available for pillion riders in the city is amazing. There is the snazzy baseball cap for the young-at-heart, crisp cotton handkerchiefs for the eco-friendly, and shiny dupattas for collegians and bright orange flower strands for those who want to adorn their hair. Most two-wheeler pillion riders in the city wear anything but a helmet. 
The Russian advertising company “Good” has created this funny ad showing different helmet designs, like for example diamonds, a globe, different kinds of balls and even body parts. Imagine how cool it would be if someone really produced helmets like these.