human909 wrote:Philistine wrote: It never ceases to amaze me that so many people - usually late teen and twenty-something males - consider themselves too cool to wear helmets, and openly flout the law. If I set out to break the law (any law), I will do my level best to ensure that my activities remain as low key as possible. It seems they are saying to any passing policeman "here I am, come and pinch me!"
Civil disobedience is not effective if you do it out of sight. They are doing more to undermine the law that you or me.DavidS wrote:Unfortunately it seems too difficult to get a decent civil disobedience campaign on this law.
Civil disobedience is not particularly effective unless you have the support of a large percentage of the population. MHL doesn't have this.
It also helps if those doing it are REALLY committed and persistent. Sue Abbott is one. Though she is only one person.'
That said the aboriginal youth in the Northern Territory achieve it through civil disobedience.
I have heard people advocate that if you don't believe in the law then don't wear one and just take the fine as an act of civil disobedience. In QLD - you can't keep doing that. I believe that once you have had a few you are required to go to court. So, even if you could afford to keep paying them you'd end up in a lot of trouble eventually.
I understand that the laws are enforced to different extents everywhere.. but in BNE if you ride around near the city any amount you will be caught. I know people that have letters of exemption, and they get stopped regularly.