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
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.