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Pleasanton police cracking down on cyclists violating bike helmet laws affecting those under 18

Original post made on Oct 23, 2012

Pleasanton students riding bicycles without wearing helmets can expect to get pulled over by police and could be issued courtesy citations.

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Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

As much as I hate the nanny state spirit of this law, kudos to police for going about it the right way with warnings instead of trying to fleece kids for money. Pleasanton police deserve a lot of respect.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

A rare agreement with William Tell on this one. I don't like the somewhat nanny state nature of the law either, but since it's restricted to kids (those under 18) I'm fine with it. Also, I like the fact that the Pleasanton Police is working with the community on this.

Posted by Suzie, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Great-now if they only do something about all the bike riders that run red lights and stop signs.

Posted by Ennis, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

The missing component in this are the parents. Not sure why they aren't enforcing this with their kids. Bike, scooter, or skateboard -no helmet, un-clipped helmet that will fall off, or a poorly fitting helmet that gets pushed back over the head on impact -few kids actually wear a helmet that fits or wear it properly. It's not just PPD responsibility, it's parents as well. Wonder if PPD will stop by the skate area at the Sports Park?

Posted by Kids' police blotter , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Yep, I'm sure having kids pulled over by the police and embarrassed in front of their peers at school will "build relationships with our youth." Nice.