Oregon Live reporting on an annoying law mandating helmets for anyone under the age of 18 who rides a skateboard or a bike (Seriously, how did our population survive until the new millennia?) is bad enough. But the companion bill leaves the choice out of the hands of adults should they choose to enter a contest or participate in a public demo:
Senate Bill 741: Requires person of any age to wear helmet when using bicycle, skateboard, scooter, in-line skates or roller skates when participating in organized exhibition, competition or contest.
It’s not a law yet, but has been introduced to the state senate by Chris Edwards.
- Thanks to Mac for the tip.
Senate Bill 741: Read the full text here.
I’m shocked. Stunned. What is the purpose? Consider the context, it’s a law requiring helmets only under a certain circumstance. It’s OK to engage in the activity without a helmet, but as soon as you do it for an audience you must wear one? For what purpose? To make a good impression on youth? You can’t legislate mandatory role model behavior, otherwise we’d have to outlaw Tap Out clothing and ICP makeup.
Yes, I make my kids wear a helmet when they skate, scooter or ride a bike. That should be my choice as their guardian. It should also be my own choice if I want to wear a helmet in a competition or demo, not that I’ll ever be in that position again.
NOTE: Please use civility in discussing this matter or attempting to contact the Senator. Likewise, any asinine or counterproductive comments will be deleted from this post. If you can’t discuss the issue like an adult, don’t drag us all down with you.
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