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HELMETS COMPULSORY FOR US KIDS
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The New York State Senate has passed a bill requiring children to wear ski helmets at its resorts. It now needs to be ratified in the State Assembly.

It would mean the parents or guardian of a child who is skiing or snowboarding a helmet could be fined $50.

However the fine could only be issued if the parents or guardians are present at the time.

There is a similar law that covers children on bicycles.

The resorts in New York State support the idea and they would be required to have helmets available to rent and post signs about the requirement.

"Skiing is a relatively safe sport made safer by the use of a helmet. More people, children and adults alike, are wearing helmets each year, recognizing that a traumatic brain injury is life altering. Requiring kids to wear a helmet is a reasonable and smart approach to keep them safe," said Senator Betty Little who sponsored the Bill.

In North America the wearing of helmets is compulsory for everyone in parts of Canada as we have reported here and many resorts employees in the USA have to wear a helmet when they are skiing during their working hours - see here for an earlier article on PlanetSKI.

In Europe parts of Italy make it compulsory for children to wear helmets and many ski schools also require children to wear a helmet.

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In New York State the bill now goes to the Assembly for ratification but it is not certain it will pass as other bills have not passed.

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