Are helmets the law for scooters/skateboards?
Original post made by Mom, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2008
I wanted to bring attention to the subject of helmets, after reading the previous post about bicycle safety. About 2 weeks ago, in San Ramon again, a boy was critically injured in a neighborhood after falling off of his skateboard- he was not wearing a helmet. My teenage son loves to skateboard and scooter and I have recently given in to his pleas to let him do it without a helmet. He is 15 years old and insists it is not the law, only for bicycles. When I take him to the local skateparks, I would guess only 10% are wearing helmets, and they are the younger kids. Are helmets required for skateboards and scooters?? I KNOW the smart thing to do is to wear a helmet....you are completely surrounded by concrete when participating in these sports. But is it the LAW? If it is, why are the police not patrolling the skateparks? I would like to see it be the law, if it is not already. And I would like to see the police officers make an occassional stop at the skateparks and hand out some citations. I believe it's one of those things that as soon as a few of the teenagers get a ticket and start wearing helmets, they will all (or most) put on a helmet and it will just be "normal". Right now, you look like a fool if you are over 12 and wearing a helmet, because nobody is wearing one. Also, I'm afraid that if something doesn't change, we are going to lose one of these kids to a head injury and THEN the police might start paying attention. Let's get helmets on these kids BEFORE a tragedy occurs.