STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2020) – The House of Representatives voted Monday in support of State Rep. Randy Frye’s (R-Greensburg) legislation that would establish a statewide helmet fund for children.
According to Frye, more than 150,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related head injuries each year. A traumatic head injury to a child can devastate families and many of these injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet. With Frye’s legislation, a donation fund would be established and overseen by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana State Department of Health to collect funds to purchase helmets for Hoosier children. The helmets would be made available to public safety agencies that request them.
“This legislation has always been about education, and sharing with parents and children the dangers of not wearing a protective helmet when riding a bicycle, skateboard or scooter,” Frye said. “In public safety, the goal is always to protect Hoosiers and this is another step to help families.”
An educational and prevention initiative would also be developed as part of the bill, to help decrease the number of head injuries.
The IDHS and ISDH support the initiative to expand bicycle safety outreach, and fire and police departments have said they are willing to help fit children with helmets so they can ride more safely.
House Bill 1174 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes
all of Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Dearborn,
Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings and Ripley counties.
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