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Skateboarders need helmet law


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2013

~~<p>A bill before the City Council that would require skateboarders 16 and younger to wear helmets improves on similar measures that failed to gain traction last summer. Concerns have been raised about the city's potential legal liability should Bill 62 become law, but those fears are overblown and should not scuttle this welcome effort to boost the safety of a popular pastime that injures hundreds of Oahu youngsters every year.</p>
<p>Councilman Joey Manahan has fine-tuned the measure considerably, heeding the concerns of police, skateboard shop owners and parents who questioned the fairness and enforceability of his earlier proposals. The current bill is patterned after an existing city ordinance that requires helmets for bicyclists under age 16, and would apply to skateboarders, roller skaters, roller bladers and youngsters riding other &quot;toy vehicles.&quot; Violators would face a civil citation, with parents or guardians liable for a $25 fine for each offense. If enacted, the rule would apply on &quot;public sidewalks, alleys, malls, parks, grounds, parking lots and other public places where such operation is permitted.&quot;</p>
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A bill before the City Council that would require skateboarders 16 and younger to wear helmets improves on similar measures that failed to gain traction last summer. Concerns have been raised about the city's potential legal liability should Bill 62 become law, but those fears are overblown and should not scuttle this welcome effort to boost the safety of a popular pastime that injures hundreds of Oahu youngsters every year.

Councilman Joey Manahan has fine-tuned the measure considerably, heeding the concerns of police, skateboard shop owners and parents who questioned the fairness and enforceability of his earlier proposals. The current bill is patterned after an existing city ordinance that requires helmets for bicyclists under age 16, and would apply to skateboarders, roller skaters, roller bladers and youngsters riding other "toy vehicles." Violators would face a civil citation, with parents or guardians liable for a $25 fine for each offense. If enacted, the rule would apply on "public sidewalks, alleys, malls, parks, grounds, parking lots and other public places where such operation is permitted." Login for more...



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