WOMAN PULLED OVER ON MOTORBIKE FOR BREASTFEEDING HER BABY – I wasn’t sure if I should laugh, cry or be in complete horror when this news story came across my desk.
Apparently a woman in China was pulled over by police after they spotted her driving erratically through heavy traffic in the streets of Yuzhou.
When the police got close enough to signal her to pull over they were shocked to see why she was driving without much control over her motorbike for there she was with on hand on the handlebars whilst the other cradling her breast feeding baby of just 18 months old.
Police officers told reporters that they were completely shocked to see the baby suckling whilst the mother attempted to navigate traffic at speed.
According to the police the woman was cautioned with the threat of having her motorbike being confiscated if she didn’t refrain from breast feeding her baby whilst riding her motorbike.
Some reports noted that this was all rather strange as neither the mother nor the baby was wearing any type of head protection but this didn’t appear to be a concern to police officers.
Police officers apparently warned the mother of the dangers she posed to herself, baby and other road users.
It is nothing unusual in South East Asia for people not to wear helmets whilst driving a motorbike and indeed many foreign tourists each year engage in the same activity whilst on holiday with fatal consequences.
We recently wrote an article on the dangers of driving a motorbike in Thailand. Whilst Thailand has laws that request motorbike riders to wear a helmet this is often flouted and the police often turn a blind eye to it.
You can read this article by accessing the link below, but I must warn you that the article contains highly graphic images of deceased foreigners who were killed in motorbike accidents.
We have be admonished for producing such a graphic article however our intention was, and remains, to get the message across and ensure no foreigner rides a motorbike without wearing an appropriate safety helmet.