Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Editorial Says Commissioners Should Support Mandatory Helmet Law

An editorial in the Spokesman-Review this morning says that County Commissioners should support a proposed mandatory helmet law for all of Spokane County for those riding bikes, skateboards and scooters. Here's the editorial.

I had a discussion with a family member yesterday on this topic and his thought was that it would be fine to require children under 18 to wear helmets, but as an adult you should be able to make your own decisions regarding hitting your head. What's your thoughts on the subject and why.


Charles Hansen said...

Well I think they should require helmets and for everyone, just like they do for motorcycles, and they need to enforce the law also. While I have never been in an accident that I needed a helmet, I also do not cycle in areas with a lot of traffic, but I see a lot of people without helmets in busy traffic, so they need helmets.

SRTC Staff said...

Enforcement is key here, in my opinion. If you don't enforce it, you could be wasting money going through the motions of passing a law like this. At least initially anyway, while everyone is getting used to it.

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