In an effort to promote child safety and prevent injuries, a California bill requiring children to wear helmets while skiing in California has been approved. The bill, put forward by State Senator Leland Yee, was approved by the Senate Health Committee.
The bill, SB 880, was shaped after the existing law that requires all minors to wear helmets while riding a bicycle. The law applies to all children under 18 years of age whether they are skiing or snowboarding. The bill was also supported by famous talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw.
According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), over 7,000 people suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) per year while skiing. Out of these, 5,000 are children under 15 years of age. The CPSC also showed that over 50% of these brain injuries can be prevented if children wear helmets.
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