Helmet law is best thing on two wheels

Don’t be surprised, parents, if your children riding their bicycles without a

helmet wind up coming home with a ticket. The message behind the citation will

be to be thankful that the kids aren’t coming home with something worse, like a

banged-up head.

Effective last Tuesday, a new state law requires anyone 16

years old or under to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Going two-wheeling

without the right headgear can result in a $25 ticket from police. The

intention isn’t to write tickets. Rather, the idea is to keep children from

suffering a serious head injury if they take a spill or are involved in an

accident while cycling.

There’s no excuse—not even financial hardship of

the parents-for any young pedaler to be helmetless. Children can get free

helmets in exchange for participating in the Keiki Injury Prevention

Coalition’s bicycle safety training program. A similar program is conducted by

the Boys and Girls Club.

Backers of the safety efforts and the helmet law

are putting safer bicycling first. More power to them.

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