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Lawmaker: Require children to wear bicycle helmets

Penalties would start at $10. (FOX19 NOW) Penalties would start at $10. (FOX19 NOW)
A state lawmaker wants to require children on bicycles to wear helmets. (FOX19 NOW) A state lawmaker wants to require children on bicycles to wear helmets. (FOX19 NOW)
A state lawmaker wants to require children under 16 to wear helmets while riding bicycles.

State Senator Shannon Jones (R–Springboro) says the measure will save lives and and prevent injuries.

Parents or guardians, not the children, would be punished for violations.
 
Jones announced the initiative alongside pediatric healthcare experts who are dedicated to raising awareness about the life-saving potential of bike helmets.
 
Current estimates indicate that just 10 to 20% of Ohio's children wear bike helmets, yet more than 70% of children ages 5-to-14 ride a bike regularly. 

Every year, more than 50,000 individuals suffer serious injuries while riding a bike without a helmet, ranging from facial injuries to death.

“What it really comes down to is the safety of our children,” Jones said. “Bike helmets are the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bike crashes.”
 
States such as Tennessee, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania already have mandatory bike helmet laws. 

Ohio municipalities including Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton have also passed local bike helmet ordinances.    
  
The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has expressed strong support for Jones' initiative.
 
This legislation will be referred to a committee for further consideration. 
 
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