Friday, November 26, 2004

Helmets now mandatory for young skateboarders

Are walking helmets far behind? As anyone knows, sometimes a person trips and could fall and hit your head.

The money quote:

"Riding a skateboard can be just as dangerous, or even more dangerous, as riding a bicycle or using in-line skates," Pataki said in a statement released yesterday. "This new, common-sense law will protect New York's children from serious injury and keep them as safe as possible as they enjoy their skateboards."

As no statisitcs were included, I refuse to take the governor's word. And how does this law, unsupported by anything other the a within-the-realm-of-possibility justification, earn the moniker "common sense"?

And puh-leaze! The extension of helmet laws to anything with wheels is the opposite of common sense.

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