Message text written by Accident and Emergency Academic List
>Last night I watched with mounting horror as a new neighbour (who I don't
know) stuck a child aged about 6, dressed in a school dress, on the back of
a very large motorbike, climbed on the bike himself and gave the child a
rapidly accelerating- over-the-speedbumps ride to the other end of the road
and back (probably up to at least 40mph). The child was not even large
enough to put her arms round him and neither he nor child wore a helmet.
then repeated the exercise with a slightly larger child (about 7or 8).
I don't want a brick through my front window for interfering - what would
you have done? And advice on what to do if I see it again!!<
If he really understood the kind of injuries and legal consequences of what
he was doing he wouldn't. The problem I have teaching students is getting
them to realise that the medical profession is generally provided with high
quality computing between their ears and they have been programmed to think
ahead. The world is full of pocket calculators that have difficulty keeping
their beer to mouth co-ordination going. You have to recognise that to
achieve compatability in downloading information you have to transfer using
their speed and transfer protocol.
I'd actually go over and introduce myself, don't use the "Dr" bit. Say that
you watched as he took the girl for a ride the other night and you
remembered (lie?) when your uncle took you for a ride on the back of his
bike like that when you were a kid, and how much you had loved it, but that
he'd had an accident some months later and the young boy on the back was
killed and he got sent to prison for causing death by dangerous driving. "I
just had to come and tell you, because I couldn't live with myself if
anything happened to you both". Or any similar variation. He might do it
once more from bravado but then the thought would grow.