Saturday, June 22, 2013

Why A Motorcycle?!

           The rain had just stopped. But a few minutes ago it was pouring down rain. It's night time and the roads are slippery. My husband and I were on our way home. And on the road I saw this family riding a motorcycle. The husband was driving, his wife sitting behind him. In between them was their little girl. Probably 5 or 6 years old. And seated on the wife's left leg, was their little boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old. All of them wearing NO HELMETS. Again, on a SLIPPERY ROAD!

           I always see cases like this. And I can't help but shake my head in disbelief. Sometimes I even see babies in the arms of their mother riding the back of a motorcycle. One time I even saw a mom and a baby riding the back of a tricycle. Shouldn't they prioritize the mother with her baby to sit inside the side car? This bothers me so much. One little stone on the road is all it takes for a motorcycle to crash.

         I can never imagine to risk my child's life like that. If I didn't have a car, I would prefer to commute when I'm traveling with my kids. Wouldn't it be 100% safer to ride a cab, a jeep, a bus, a train, or even a tricycle than riding a tiny motorcycle? There's nothing in a motorcycle that can protect your child from an accident.  A child will just fly off the motor in the event of a collision.

        It's one thing to be on a fixed budget but it's a whole different ball game to risk your child's life for the sake of saving money. I would much rather pay a few extra hundred pesos for a cab than later pay for thousands of pesos on hospital fees and and more importantly pay with my child's life on the line.

         Isn't there a law for overloading motorcycles with children? Or a law for children riding motorcycles period.  Maybe there is... I hope there is. I just pray that the family I saw earlier is already home and safe.

Apparently, it's a normal thing in other countries.
Photos from World Super Travel

Does the baby in the bucket look photoshopped? Either way it's still disturbing :(


  1. I think the baby was photoshopped. My dad saw a family in a motorcycle accident so he never lets more than one passenger in his motorcycle.

  2. di ko rin magets un point na isakay mo un buong family sa isang motor... kung halimbawa e un partner ko e may motor at gusto nya sumakay kami sa kanya.. sasabihin ko talagang mauna ka na at magje-jeep / fx / taxi nlng kami ksi para sa akin para mo na rin inilagay un isang paa ng mga anak mo sa hukay every time isasakay mo sila sa motor lalo na kung umuulan, lalo na kung walang helmet. tsk. smh.

    1. tama yan Istin! Mabuti na talaga yung safe lalo na pag may bagets! :-)

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