Public Apathy Kills
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
After reading about yet another death due to public apathy, I asked my friend if she'd stop and help if she was there at the time of the incident. Interestingly, she responded "Sometimes it's not that we don't want to help, who knows if it is a trap". True enough, many robberies happen like that, what more during wee hours in the morning, by the highway. Just imagine the darkness, you'll get the idea.

While she (my friend) has her reason for not stopping to help, what about other passers-by, especially men? Mind you, men can be robbed, too. Another friend of mine also agreed that sometimes the whole accident is fake, and is staged to trap victims. Unless the accident/incident happens in broad daylight and is obviously not a staged one, would you stop and help? That's some dilemma, isn't it.

What should the public do, in an event of an accident? When someone's injured, attempting to move the victim itself could aggravate the victim's injuries (broken bones, etc). Honestly, I won't know what to do if I come across an accident. I have, all this while, been doing the same thing: just drive past the scene. Will there ever be a campaign to educate the public on this (when to help, and when not to help)?
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