My GF is from Thailand, and I get on her case about wearing boots, or at least sneakers when I have to take her somewhere on the bike. She gets all combative and says in Thailand they wear shorts, slippers, etc., and almost everyone rides a motorcycle, even the girls (incl. her when she was a kid). When she was a girl, her dad would ride 3-up on the seat, plus 1 girl on the tank or handlebar (to clarify: that's 1 adult, 2 kids behind him, and 1 kid on the tank or handlebar). I believe her, because hey, it's Thailand. But I snap back and tell her "Yeah, well this is America"...and the roads and the drivers here aren't used to seeing motorcyclist all over the place on these streets...they run red lights, they turn right in front of you and cut you off because they don't see you....."
And she quips back, "In Thailand they DO see you, and they run stop signs, cut you off, and knock you off the streets anyway."
What's my point? I'm not sure, other than it's hard to argue common sense on this matter when it's a girl from Thailand.