Inflammatory Headlines

How does lane-splitting out weigh riding with out a helmet as cause of death?

I don’t even know where to start.

I am beyond upset with this publication for using an anti-motorcycling headline.

Instead of drawing attention to the things that actually were most likely the cause of death they instead use Lane Splitting as the headline, a practice that has been proven to be safer for motorcyclists.  (Here’s a link to the paper on the study) Using this headline it makes it sound as if land splitting is the reason he died. Nevermind that alcohol has been linked to something like 40% of single vehicle motorcycle fatalities.  Or the fact that not wearing a helmet makes it much more likely to die from serious head trauma.

Instead the whole article discusses how lane splitting is a legal grey area, which as far as I know legislators are working on to improve.

Which makes it seem very anti motorcycling. Instead of blaming the cause of death on things that make motorcycling dangerous, it instead makes the headline something that keeps us safer.

Sorry if this is a bit of a ramble, I’m really upset but wanted to post something about it before it was old news.

If you’d like to complain to them http://www.padailypost.com/

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About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Inflammatory Headlines

  1. Sadly, the days when newspapers and news outlet’s generally reported the facts a long gone. Facts don’t sell newspapers.

    Sensationalist headlines, doctored photos with (things like) the prime ministers head on a horses ass, scaremongering and blatant lies are what sells newspapers and panders to those that are too lazy to believe anything else but the BS they publish.

    What’s equally as sad, is this tabloid rubbish can sway the opinion and views of people to such a degree that laws are changed, hate is inflamed and people are more scared than what they should be.

    In recent times I have been so disillusioned with main stream media that I no longer read newspapers or watch the 6 o’clock news. I’d much prefer to spend my time reading a good book.

  2. motoventures says:

    Sadly, that is typical of the media to distort things for their own agenda. Not only was that a poorly written piece of “news”, but it’s agenda-based slant is irresponsible.

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