City overreaches with helmet ordinance

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006

I find it interesting the government has taken on the role of parenting our children and telling citizens how best to take care of ourselves. I am writing in response to the city's new ordinance requiring individuals under the age of 18 to wear a bicycle helmet. I was discouraged and frustrated to hear this ordinance had been approved.

I am the mother of a 7-year-old daughter who enjoys riding her bike around the yard and the block it takes her to get to school. I don't feel it's necessary for her to wear a helmet while playing around our neighborhood. I was also a child once, who never gave any thought to wearing a helmet while riding my bicycle. Oh my goodness, I'm still alive today. Sure I fell off my bike a few times and wacked my head pretty good once or twice, I even suffered a concussion once, but I was a kid and that's what kids do; they get hurt, and they learn from it. Why is the city now telling me what is best for my child and how to look out for her interests. Isn't that something that I, as a mother, should be capable of doing?

I am not saying that I don't think helmets are a good idea. I just don't believe it is anyone else's business to tell me that I have to force my child to wear one. Leave it up to the parent. It's amazing that I ever reached adulthood without laws telling my parents how to look after my best interests.

Raven Stuart


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