|Posted:||February 19, 2021 02:02 PM|
|From:||Representative Benjamin V. Sanchez|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Bicycle Helmet Law|
As elected officials, helping to foster safer environments for our fellow Pennsylvanians to live in is a crucial element to our positions. One way we can facilitate this change is by revising our current laws to fit the needs of all the people who use our roadways.
As it stands, only children under the age of 12 years old in Pennsylvania are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. This can be an issue as many young individuals willingly yet unknowingly expose themselves to unnecessary risks by neglecting to protect themselves with a helmet. Research suggests wearing a helmet significantly reduces the odds of a head injury; so our laws should reflect this information and strive to protect our younger generations as much as possible.
The importance of this issue was emphasized to me during a meeting with sixth graders at McKinley Elementary School in Abington School District, where I was presented with the attached letter. Inspired by their advocacy, I am introducing legislation requiring anyone under the age of 18 years old to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.
I ask that you please consider co-sponsoring this commonsense legislation designed to help safeguard the younger generation as best as we can.