Opinion

OPINION: Rules are there to protect, not to stop all the fun

ATTITUDES are a powerful thing.

Recently police called on residents to report cases of teenagers riding unregistered bikes around Burnett Heads.

"One 13-year-old boy has already been officially cautioned for unlicensed riding and riding an unregistered motorbike on a road. It's not only dangerous, but it's also very annoying for the residents of the area," said Acting Sergeant Cameron Graham.

Police warned against the potential dangers to the young riders, as well as pedestrians.

It seems quite reasonable to not want children riding motorbikes in random areas around Burnett Heads.

Quite a bit of word around the community was that police were out to kill the fun.

I love fun. I am sure everyone loves fun, but doing something that's dangerous to yourself and others is not fun - it's, well, dangerous.

The attitude that police are trying to raise revenue and stop people from enjoying life isn't an old one, but it needs to become extinct.

There's nothing you lose by following the rules.

Journalists and police have at least one thing in common and that's the number of horrific crashes we see.

Even a minor crash with a bad injury is daunting enough.

Our attitudes need to change.

As long as there are people claiming the "nanny state" is out to rob them of every inch of joy in life, there will be the mentality that doing something illegal can be a bit of fun.

When it comes to things you drive or ride, usually the only reason something is illegal is because it could hurt you or someone else.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with debate and questioning what's put before us - in a healthy society we need that.

But sometimes we need to remember the rules are in place because our best interests are at heart.

Topics:  opinion, road safety



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