California could be first to require ski helmets for kids
July 16, 2010
A bill that would require anyone under 18 to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding passed the California State Senate and is heading for the Assembly. [Ventura County Star]
The legislation, introduced by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would make California the first state to require safety headgear on the slopes.
Studies by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show head injuries represent 14 percent of all ski and snowboarder accidents, and more than half of the deaths on the slopes each year are due to head injuries.
The percentage of serious injuries has increased significantly along with the rising popularity of high-speed runs, jumps and acrobatics on the slopes. The study estimates more than 7,000 head and brain injuries could be prevented each year through helmets.
The bill is modeled after the law currently requiring children to wear helmets while riding bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. Parents would be fined $25 if their children skied without a helmet.
The Assembly is expected to vote on the proposal before adjourning at the end of August.