Helmets are a tool

Posted: Sunday, February 05, 2006

In response to Ms. Stuart's letter on Feb. 3 about required bicycle helmets, I don't think the City and Borough of Juneau is questioning your ability to raise your child properly - they are giving you an extra tool to keep your child alive minus the injuries that you received as a child. You stated you received a concussion at a point in your childhood from a bike accident. With a helmet this most likely would not have occurred.

Several years ago, the state of Washington enacted a helmet law, not just for children but everyone riding a bike. At the time people thought it was a bit excessive, but after watching the head injury statistics over the years fall most still feel it is a benefit and not a hindrance. Your fine is just $25 if cited. Washington imposes $101 for the first infraction and $500 for the second; with the third, you have a visit with a judge and it could mean jail time.

Helmets may not look "cool," but why not use them and save your child from a serious injury? Skinned knees heal; brains don't always.

Teresa Schomber

North Bend, Wash.

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