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July 12, 1992
I vehemently oppose your editorial. Are you and the state now playing the role of prudish nanny who refuses to let her charges out to play because they might get hurt? Why not require helmets for surfers, downhill skiers and skateboarders? The world is not injury-free and writing more legislation will never make it so. All that does is increase the state's oppression of personal lives. The seat belt, baby seat, motorcycle helmet and proposed bicycle laws must be abolished.
Beginning Saturday, sheriff's deputies here will issue citations to youths wearing bicycle helmets. But these are the good kind of tickets--good for admission to an amusement park, credit at local fast food outlets, and bicycle equipment. The incentives are part of the Helmet Patrol Program sponsored by the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
August 29, 1987
The Times advocates legal coercion ("The Case for Helmets," Editorial, Aug. 20) to force lawful citizens against their will and rights, to an action consistent with, its choices. You would protect free citizens, (supposedly of equal status and power under the law) from their freedom of choice. What's next? Enforced daily exercise, vitamins, diet and eight-hour sleep periods? A proscription on cigarettes, alcohol, skiing and skating? Personal choice is the essence of living and should remain free up to the point it infringes on the rights of others.
January 8, 1999 | Associated Press
A year after Rep. Sonny Bono died of head and neck injuries in a skiing accident, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recommending that skiers and snowboarders wear helmets to reduce injuries and save lives. In a study to be released today, the commission's staff concludes that helmet use by skiers and snowboarders could prevent or reduce the severity of 44% of head injuries to adults. The protective headgear could do the same for 53% of head injuries to children younger than 15.
December 16, 1988
"Motorcycle helmets don't stop accidents." Remember hearing that quote a few times in the past year? To remind you, it came from two of our most illustrious politicians here in California. The first to make such a statement was Clint Eastwood, then the mayor of Carmel. The second time you heard it was by Gov. George Deukmejian, as he vetoed the hard-fought bill sponsored by Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Carson) to require all motorcycle riders to wear safety helmets. At the time, I thought that was the most irresponsible statement I had ever heard.
September 10, 1993
A 23-year-old motorcyclist was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving Wednesday after he rammed into a car stopped for a red light and was hurled about 35 feet, police said Thursday. Investigators said Mark Alliman of Cypress was lucky not to have suffered serious injuries. His head slammed into a car after he was thrown from the motorcycle but he was wearing a helmet. "If you don't believe in the helmet law, this accident would change your mind," Sgt. Larry Jordan said.
November 4, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Newer isn't necessarily always better, even when it comes to football helmets. A study published online Friday in the Journal of Neurosurgery finds those vintage "leatherhead" helmets may protect as well as or better than modern ones when it comes to some typical helmet-on-helmet collisions that can lead to concussions. Let's pause for a disclaimer: The study authors don't advocate giving up today's polycarbonate helmets for those old leather-covered ones--the newer ones have resulted in a decrease in severe head and neck injuries.
October 24, 1985 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon said Wednesday that more than half of the new synthetic helmets it bought to replace the "steel pot" headgear worn for decades by U.S. soldiers are improperly assembled and have soft spots on the top. The Defense Logistic Agency purchased 761,000 of the new high-technology helmets for the Army and Marine Corps, and 461,000 were found to be defective. But Pentagon officials said that no decision has been made on whether to recall the helmets.
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