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August 29, 1987
I ride a motorcycle about 10,000 miles per year and always wear a full-coverage helmet while riding. It is my observation that the great majority of motorcycle riders do wear helmets, although most of the young motor scooter and bicycle riders do not. Most motorcyclists seem to agree with you that, in an accident, they are better off with a helmet. Almost all probably agree, however, that wearing helmets won't reduce the rate of accidents. It takes much greater skills to operate a motorcycle safely than it does a car. The vast majority of cyclists learn how to ride from friends who don't have the necessary knowledge or training to properly instruct; it's like the blind leading the blind.
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.
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.
July 12, 1992
Three cheers for Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) and her bill that would let cities require children to wear bicycle helmets every time the kiddies get back in the saddle seat ("A Cycle of Unnecessary Injuries," editorial, July 2). I wholeheartedly supported the bill in the Senate Transportation Committee and on the Senate floor. But we have to go beyond mandates to protect our children; we have to teach them about safe riding and the importance of "brain buckets." That's why I sponsored a resolution this year (it passed into law last month)
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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