The Press reports:
A ten-fold increase in the number of children seriously injuring themselves on push scooters has sparked a call for a law change that would see youngsters made to wear helmets while riding.
Push scooters have become increasingly popular with school-age children over the past two years but the rise has seen a corresponding increase in the number of scooter-related injury claims for children up to 14 years old.
ACC figures show the number of claims has risen from 697 in 2008 to 6474 last year.
The increase has alarmed child safety group Safekids, which is campaigning for the introduction of a compulsory helmet law for scooter users.
That would be a good way to kill off scooter use all together.
Why stop there. Let’s pass a law saying it is illegal to allow kids to go outdoors unless they are wearing a full body suit to protect them from dogs, falls etc?
Ministry of Transport land transport safety manager Leo Mortimer said it was unlikely that legislation would be changed.
“In the same way that we have not considered compulsory helmets for skateboarders.
Don’t give them ideas!
“Scooter riders must comply with all the rules applying to other road users, however, unlike cyclists, they don’t need to wear a helmet or use a light at night.”
No lights? Scooters must be fitted with lights. Also we must ban using a cellphone on a scooter. And eating lollipops whil scooting.
Tags: Nanny State