Bill would require bike helmets for Ohio children

Bike program to launch in May (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A bill that would require anyone under age 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bike will go before the Ohio Civil Justice Committee this week for its first reading.

Ohio Senate Bill 157 is sponsored by Sen. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro).

A first offense would result in a $25 fine, which would be put toward the state’s bicycle safety fund.

Since May, three children in the Miami Valley have died after being hit by a vehicle while riding a bike.

None of the victims was wearing a helmet, though it’s unclear if a helmet would have changed the outcome in any of those cases.

According to the Safe Kids organization, less than half of children age 14 and under wear a helmet while riding a bike.

“This isn’t about penalizing people or making people feel badly. The real impact of the bill is that its going to provide an important tool for law enforcement and parents to talk about bike helmets and encourage the use,” Sen. Jones told 2 NEWS after the bill was introduced in May.

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