Bike Helmet Bill Introduced in Ohio

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Lawmakers in Ohio are trying to make it mandatory that children 16 or younger wear helmets while riding their bikes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the bill has the support of the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group estimates that 75 percent of bike-related fatalities could be prevented by a helmet. It also says helmets could reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent.

Some Ohio municipalities already have mandatory bike laws. Columbus has required cyclists younger than 18 to wear helmets since 2009.

Sen. Shannon Jones, a Springboro Republican, says she will have to work to gain support from GOP colleagues, who are often reluctant to pass government-imposed mandates.


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