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Bill would require children to wear helmets on bicycles

Children under age 12 would be required to wear helmets while riding bicycles under a bill that has passed the House Transportation Committee.

House Bill 52 sponsor Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, filed the bill in honor of T.J. Floyd, an Oldham County teenager who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he fell off his bike at age seven. T.J. was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, according to news reports.

“We just want to make sure no one else has to suffer and endure the lifealtering accident that T.J. has,” said Huff.

HB 52 would not impose fines for not wearing a helmet, said Huff. The intent of the bill is to make cycling safer for children, she said, adding that bicycle helmets are 84 percent effective at protecting the brain from traumatic injury when used properly.

HB 52 is identical to Huff ’s HB 122, filed last year. That bill passed the House 90-6 but did not become law.

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