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Reader: What was he thinking?

2013-08-29 11:04

HOLDING ON FOR DEAR LIFE: A video uploaded to YouTube shows a little girl clinging onto a riders back. The rider can be seen speeding in Edenvale while the girl is wearing a bicycle helmet.Image: YouTube

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DEWALD VAN JAARSVLED

Wheels24 reported on video uploaded to YouTube showing a rider speeding in Edenvale, just outside Kempton Park in Gauteng, with a little girl clinging to his back. Shockingly the girl is wearing a bicycle helmet!

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In the video the rider can be seen riding through a red traffic-light. The clip ends with photos showing the little girl clinging to the rider. It's not illegal for a child to be riding pillion on a bike but it's a punishable offence to use a bicycle helmet instead of standard rider gear.

'I'D HAVE SMACKED HIS HELMET OFF'

Wheels24 reader Dewald van Jaarsveld said: “I am a father of two girls and I would never take them on a bike never mind racing through the streets and skipping red robots like a maniac.

“What was he thinking? Oh, sorry if he was thinking then this would not have happened. I guess he wasn't using his brain or his heart that day. He should be punished. What if that little girl fell off or something worse happened?

"If I'd been there I would have smacked his bike helmet off and then given him a beating with it.

“Our children are our future and to scare a child like that only causes problems later in life. People like that should be taken off our roads, punished and their license should be taken away.”

Do you think the rider should be punished? Have you seen other examples of poor behaviour on our roads? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24?
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