Senate Passes Child Helmet Safety Act

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The Senate passed a bill 23-12 today that would protect children from traumatic brain injury, disability and death by requiring them to use helmets while participating in certain activities. The bill now goes to House committees.

"We applaud the Senate for helping us protect our children from preventable head injuries,'' said Health The Department of Health estimates that the legislation would double the number of children wearing Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham.


Senate Bill 397, sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez, requires children and teens 17 years of age or younger to wear a protective helmet while using a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or skates in public areas.

helmets and reduce by half the number of head injuries and deaths associated with these vehicles.

Among all recreational sports, bicycling injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Twenty states and about 140 municipalities have helmet laws for some or all minors, covering about 60 percent of the United States' population. Other states with helmet legislation have experienced a 45 percent average reduction in the incidence of traumatic brain injury.