State Senator Introduces Bicycle Helmet Legislation


State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) introduced legislation Tuesday that will require children under 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

Along with pediatric healthcare experts, Sen. Jones said the legislation was introduced in an effort to save lives and prevent injuries among children.

According to a news release from Sen. Jones’ office, 10 to 20 percent of children in Ohio wear helmets, yet more than 70 percent of kids ride a bike regularly.

“What it really comes down to is the safety of our children,” Sen. Jones said. “Bike helmets are the single most effect way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bike crashes.”

West Virginia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania are a few states that already have bicycle helmet laws in place.

Columbus, along with Cincinnati and Dayton, has passed local bike helmet ordinances.

The legislation is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics which said 75 percent of bike-related fatalities could have been prevented by a helmet.

“It is crucial that we recognize the potential for harm involved in riding without a helmet,” Sen. Jones added. “This legislation takes a major step toward keeping our children safe with properly fitted bike helmets.

Before introducing the information, Sen. Jones along with the Dayton Children’s Hospital gave out properly fitted bicycle helmets to 75 children at the Franklin Public Library Monday.

The legislation will be referred to a committee for further consideration.