Sen. Merritt has introduced SB 463 which would mandate that a minor wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, skateboard, skates, or scooter on public property. Public property isn’t defined, but I assume that would include sidewalks, streets, cul-de-sacs, and what have you in addition to parks and other governmental real estate holdings. It would be an infraction, penalized by a $50 fine and potential impoundment of the bicycle, skateboard, skates, or scooter. The impoundment would last until the kid’s parent came to the office and provides “assurance that the violation will not be repeated.” It would also be a violation for a parent to permit a violation by the kid.
My gut reaction is that this is a little micro-managey, but then I know that others have the same reaction to seat belt laws which I think are a great idea that have prevented all kinds of pain and suffering, outweighing the relatively minor government intrusion. So, for me, it’s a line drawing issue rather than a black and white ideological issue.