Helmet Laws: Whose Freedom?


Woman: BRAD, ARE
THE LIGHTS ON IN THIS ROOM? NO. OKAY.
WHY DON’T YOU LOOK AROUND? CAN YOU LOOK UP OVER YOUR
HEAD…ARE THOSE LIGHTS ON? YEAH. GOOD. Man: WELL, I DON’T
WEAR A HELMET TODAY BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT
2,000 DEGREES OUT AND IT MAKES DRIVING
VERY UNSAFE, YOU KNOW. SWEAT GETS IN YOUR EYES… I FEEL LIKE I’M NOT
A PART OF THE BIKE WHEN I HAVE A HELMET ON. Woman: IS YOUR NAME BRADLEY? NO. WHAT IS YOUR NAME? MY NAME IS…[INAUDIBLE] RIGHT, BRADLEY STONE, SO THE ANSWER TO THAT
QUESTION WAS “YES.” [HORN HONKS] Singer: WHEN YOUR HEAD HITS
THE PAVEMENT, OR THE GROUND, YOUR BRAIN IS GOING
TO MOVE FORWARD… HITTING UP AGAINST
THE BONES INSIDE THE SKULL. IT’S GOING TO DEFORM, IT’S GOING
TO STRETCH NERVE FIBERS, IT’S GOING TO TEAR NERVE FIBERS,
AND THE TORN ONES ARE GONE. WHEN YOU LOSE A BRAIN CELL,
THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR IT, SO THAT’S WHERE
PERMANENT DAMAGE OCCURS. IN FACT, PEOPLE
WHO HAVE AN ACCIDENT LIKE THAT OFTEN DON’T GET BETTER. Woman:
CAN YOU GIVE HER A WAVE? Singer: THEY’VE LOST SOMETHING. THEY MAY HAVE LOST
SOME OF THEIR INTELLIGENCE. THEY MAY HAVE LOST THE CAPACITY
TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE
TO THEIR SYSTEM THAT CONTROLS THEIR MUSCLES. THEY MAY HAVE
A BEHAVIOR CHANGE, HAVE DIFFICULTY
DEALING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, HAVING PROPER
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS. IT’S ALL A CONSEQUENCE
OF THAT UNPROTECTED SKULL AND NOTHING
TO TAKE UP THE SHOCK. Woman: OKAY, YOU WANT
TO KEEP ON GOING? SO NOW I WANT YOU
TO BE SERIOUS, OKAY? WHAT’S THE FIRST EXERCISE
THAT YOU USUALLY DO? RIGHT. OKAY, TRY TO TOUCH YOUR CHIN
AND THEN TRY TO TOUCH YOUR NOSE. OKAY…AND YOU WANT
TO DO THAT 10 TIMES. Mother: THIS HAPPENED TO JAMES
THREE YEARS AGO AND HE’S STILL
NOT COMING BACK. James: I WANT…[INAUDIBLE] Woman: YOU WANT… James: [INAUDIBLE] Woman: YOU WANT ONE OF THOSE?
OH, YOU WANT SOME FOR YOURSELF? YOU RAN OUT? OKAY, GREAT. SO JUST MAYBE TAKE A MINUTE
TO BLOW A FEW OF THOSE AND THEN WE’LL BE FINISHED
FOR TODAY. NICE JOB. Mother: HE WAS
RIDING ALONG THE ROAD, BUT HE DID NOT
WEAR A HELMET AND, HE LOST CONTROL
AND HIT A TREE. HE WAS IN A COMA EIGHT MONTHS. I MEAN, HE WAS SO SICK
THAT…EVERY TIME I SAW HIM, I DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER
HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT. HE HAD LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT THAT
HE WAS JUST A COMPLETE SKELETON. THEY HAD TO WEIGH HIM IN A BAG. HE LOOKED LIKE HE
WAS FROM A CONCENTRATION CAMP. EVERYTHING WAS SUNKEN IN. I MEAN, I WAS FRIGHTENED
SEEING MY SON LIKE THIS. IT WAS HORRIFYING. Woman: WANNA PUSH UP AGAIN?
BRING YOUR WEIGHT FORWARD… CAN YOU LOOK UP
WHILE YOU’RE PUSHING? GOOD. Mother: HIS GOAL
IS TO GET BACK HIS SPEECH. HIS GOAL IS
TO BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN, BUT IT’S VERY SLOW AND IT
WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. THAT WILL NEVER EVER HAPPEN. Woman: …IF YOU FALL,
I’LL BE RIGHT HERE. I WANT TO SEE YOUR ARM
COME STRAIGHT OUT, ALRIGHT? EXTEND YOUR ELBOW, PLEASE.
YOU’LL GET MORE POWER. Mother: BEFORE THE ACCIDENT,
JAMES USED TO CARVE. HE DID BEAUTIFUL CARVING.
HE WAS REALLY A CRAFTSMAN. Woman: …ANGLE STRAIGHT OUT, LIKE YOU’RE ALMOST
GOING TO HIT IT. Mother: HE DOESN’T HAVE
THAT CONTROL THAT HE ONCE HAD. SO MANY THINGS THAT HE DOES
WHEN HE FINALLY FINISHES LOOKS LIKE A CHILD DID IT,
BUT WE’RE DEALING WITH AN ADULT THAT’S
MAKING THIS MESS, YOU KNOW. IT’S…IT’S SAD. I HAVE ANOTHER SON
AND HE’S HURT BY IT, TOO, BECAUSE THEY WERE
GREAT COMPANIONS AND THERE WAS A LOSS
WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY. James: I WANT… Mother: YOU WANT…TO GO… OKAY, AND AUNT AMY…BUT WHEN
YOU’LL BE WALKING AGAIN SOON… Mother: IT’S A HARD THING
AND IT’S VERY HARD ON THE FAMILY WATCHING A LOVED ONE
BE DESTROYED. James: [INAUDIBLE] Mother: THAT YOU…GO EAT…IT’S
ALMOST TIME FOR YOU TO GO EAT. Mother: HE STILL HAS
A TUBE IN HIS STOMACH, SO HE’S JUST STARTING TO EAT,
VERY SLOWLY, PUREED FOODS AND WE DON’T KNOW
IF HE’LL EVER GO BEYOND THAT. HE’S LOST HIS SENSE OF SMELL,
HIS SENSE OF TASTE. I TRY TO LOOK AHEAD NOW ‘CAUSE HE’LL NEVER BE
THE WAY HE WAS BEFORE. IT’S…I JUST CAN’T HAVE
THE SAME PERSON BACK SO I HAVE TO DEAL WITH JAMES
AS HE IS NOW, AND PROGRESS AND GET HIM
AS FAR AS HE CAN GO. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE
IS A FUTURE FOR HIM. I THINK THAT HURTS ME
MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. A LOT OF THE THINGS
THAT HE WANTED TO DO IN HIS LIFE HE CAN NO LONGER DO, AND THIS COULD PROBABLY
HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. AT WORST,
HE COULD HAVE HURT HIS LEG, BUT HIS BRAIN IS,
IS, IS SOMETHING THAT… YOU CAN’T REPLACE IT. HE’LL WEAR A PROSTHESIS, BUT HIS BRAIN WILL NEVER
COME BACK TO THE CAPACITY THAT IT WAS BEFORE. THERE IS NO CURE
FOR BRAIN INJURY. A BRAIN INJURY IS FOREVER. WE CAN TEACH SOMEONE STRATEGIES
FOR DEALING WITH THEIR
HANDICAPS, BUT THE ONLY EFFECTIVE APPROACH
IN DEALING WITH HEAD INJURY IS PREVENTION…NOT TO LET THE
INJURY OCCUR IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO HELMET LAWS,
THEY’RE A NECESSITY. Mother: BECAUSE I KNOW
SOMEBODY’S GOING TO BE STUPID– I MEAN, JUST AS JAMES WAS–
JUST BE STUPID AND SAY, “COULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
WELL, IT DID… AND IT HAPPENED TO ME. HELMETS DON’T LOOK GOOD. I HATE TO SAY IT;
THEY JUST DON’T LOOK GOOD. IF YOU DON’T WEAR A HELMET, YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON
THAT’S INJURED. YOU’RE NOT DOING
ANY INJURY TO ANYBODY ELSE. ‘CAUSE WHAT’S THE USE OF HAVING
A $20,000-BIKE BETWEEN YOUR LEGS IF PEOPLE CAN’T SEE WHO’S
RIDING IT ANYWAYS, RIGHT? FREEDOM OF CHOICE,
THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT. [”BLACKMAN REDEMPTION” PLAYS] CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY
HENNINGER DIGITAL CAPTIONING

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