Mr miserable in his new crash helmet
I joined the hordes of crash helmet buyers at lunchtime and purchased my first-ever motorbike helmet, as the rush to beat the 1 January deadline becomes ever more frantic. All motorbike riders must be helmeted up from the turn of the new year or the police - who will no doubt be out in force at every street corner and behind every tree - will pull you over and fine you about a dollar under the old traffic law, which they are threatening to finally implement, that requires safety helmets to be worn by all. Up until now I had used a lightweight cycle helmet if I used anything at all, but it makes sense to get myself a proper helmet, purely from a personal safety point of view. There are 4 people killed every day on Cambodia's roads and the majority suffer head injuries, so the traffic law on helmets is a sensible regulation and one which I fully support. I don't support the 500 traffic police in the city using it as a way to supplement their salaries, which they will, but that's another story. One minor concern is how I will be able to recognise a motodop from any other motorbike rider, they were easily identifiable by their peaked caps up til now. How about they are all licensed and they each wear a lightweight coloured vest with the word taxi on the back? As if. Even that won't help them with their non-existent map-reading skills or their inability to understand even the most basic of directions. And don't get me started on the prices the surly guys at the riverfront try and charge you. Whoops, this is turning into a negative rant. Back to the main point, I've got myself a nice blue crash helmet now, it'll hopefully protect my head from injury, as well as acting as a shield from the sun, so that's a bonus already. It'll play havoc with my hairstyle but at my time of life and with so little hair anyway, no-one will notice.