Posts Tagged ‘Helmets’

Governator vetoes safety bill

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

This past Friday Governor Schwarzenegger passed bill 880 that requires skiers and boarders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the bill had a little companion, Assembly Bill 1652 that would mandate that resorts implement new safety standards. This little companion was vetoed and thus, the helmet bill won’t become law either. This would have become the strictest ski safety law in the country.

“Many California ski resorts are located on U.S. Forest Service land, and are already required to compile and file safety and accident reports with USFS as well as maintain some of this information in the resort management office,” Schwarzenegger wrote in a statement. “Ski resorts in California also already mark their ski area boundaries and trails with appropriate information. This bill may place an unnecessary burden on resorts, without assurance of a significant reduction in ski and snowboard-related injuries and fatalities.”

Senator Leland Yee, a co-author of the bills, will supposedly reintroduce the helmet law again next year as a standalone measure.

Would a helmet law really decrease the number of injuries? Who knows. I know a lot of people would feel safer/better with the helmet law in place, but it still requires riders to be safe and pay attention. Take note of the resort signage and look out for those below you. For this season, helmets remain riders choice. Enjoy the ride and be safe, with or without a helmet.

Helmets required on riders under 18 in CA

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Hey all you California skiers and snowboarders. Have you heard the latest bill to be put through the Capitol? Read it here. Basically, the bill states that all persons under the age of 18 must wear a properly fitted helmet while skiing or snowboarding. There is a modest fine of $25 for not wearing a helmet, which seems a bit like a slap on the wrist, but 25 bucks is 25 bucks (that’s like 25 items off McDonald’s dollar menu!). Still no word on how the mountains intend to enforce this new supposed law (pretty sure it’ll go through, just has to pass one more level of legislation). Look for resorts and area rental shops to maybe adjust their products included with lessons/rentals (or even a price increase? Yipes!). Shops like ours are stocking up on helmets, making sure we have enough for everyone. Stay tuned for more news from Sac town. Give us your thoughts and get ready to grab a helmet and shred!