Helmets for Youth Soon May Be Law
O'Brien, Bill, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Bill O'Brien Daily Herald Staff Writer
Barrington officials are considering making the wearing of helmets for bicyclists and in-line skaters the law.
The village board voted 4-2 to accept a preliminary draft of a proposed ordinance and to consider passing it at a Jan. 27 village board meeting.
"It's been proven that wearing helmets is a good thing," said Trustee Michael W. Ryan. "It protects lives."
If approved, the ordinance would require bicyclists and in-line skaters, as well as roller skaters and skateboarders, 16 years of age and younger to wear a helmet approved by either the American National Standards Institute or Snell Memorial Foundation.
The law would only apply to those people riding on public rights of way, such as roads, streets, sidewalks, bicycle paths and parks.
First-time offenders, according to the proposal, would receive only a warning by police, but subsequent violators likely would be punished by a $25 fine. Village officials, however, are still considering the amount of the fine, as well as other aspects of the proposal. …