Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Govt Drives Helmet Laws; Skaters Mixed on Proposal

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Govt Drives Helmet Laws; Skaters Mixed on Proposal

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Byline: David Barwell

PLANS by the State Government to introduce laws requiring scooter and skateboard riders to wear helmets has drawn a mix response on the Coffs Coast.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay has launched an investigation into rules surrounding protective gear, following the death of five scooter riders and skateboarders involved in collisions with cars last year.

Currently, there is no legislation requiring riders to wear a helmet, despite it being recommended under Australian standards.

Local resident Dylan Maude sustained injuries in a recent accident at Coffs Harbour Skate Park while not wearing a helmet, and now wears protective gear each time he visits the park.

He said stronger helmet laws could improve safety - especially for young people and beginners.

"I had an accident - I had no helmet on and got knocked to the ground," he said.

"Because of that I knocked a tooth out and had to have four stitches.

"It's not about whether a helmet looks good - it can save you. …

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