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NYC OKs Helmet Law for Scooters

January 25, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Scooter riders younger than 14 must start wearing helmets in the city, or their parents could be ticketed.

The City Council vote Wednesday came after the Consumer Product Safety Commission published warnings that the trendy two-wheeled scooters could be unsafe.

The commission estimates that 39,800 injuries associated with scooters were treated in emergency rooms last year, with 85 percent of them involving kids younger than 15. Three deaths were reported.

New York City police won’t ticket the youngsters. A ticket will be issued to the parent _ and then, only if he or she is present at the time of the offense. Unsupervised scooter riders will get a warning.

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is expected to sign the bill within 30 days.

Other municipalities have similar measures.

On Friday, a helmet requirement was passed in St. Louis. And New Jersey lawmakers last week included scooters in helmet legislation. A 6-year-old boy there was killed when he rode his scooter in traffic and was struck by a car.

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On the Net:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov/

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