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Penny-Wise Isn't Always Smart

September 22, 1985

Your article (Times, Sept. 15) on motor scooters said nothing about the danger of riding one. Your photo of Ms. Robbins riding without a helmet only proves that she may be economical but not wise.

I am a middle-aged professional who rode, with great pleasure, a Vespa for almost five years. Six months ago I took a spill which resulted in broken ribs and severe contusions. Had I not had a helmet on I doubt that I would be writing this letter today.

A scooter is fun and indeed economical. It is not a toy and riders should wear helmets at all times. My experience proved that to me and my family.

FRED AUERBACH

Beverly Glen

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