Bike helmet laws: Countries that require bicyclists to wear helmets find that fewer people ride, possibly making us fatter. And it's not clear that the mandatory helmets result in fewer injuries; one study found cars pass closer to bicyclists wearing helmets. And now that I wear a helmet, I take more risks — I ride in NYC traffic. (Some research suggests that the best safety protection for bicyclists is to wear a wig, to look like a woman. I'll try it.)
Sanitizing the house: Sterile houses may be giving more children asthma. It's possible that I helped give my own daughter asthma.
Child safety caps: Medicine bottles are now so tough to open that some people leave the cap off. More poisonings result.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
How Some "Nanny State" Laws Backfire
John Stossel has a special on this on Friday. Here are some of the ones I found particularly interesting: