New laws ought to
embody helmet mandate
Re: “San Jose imposes new scooter laws” (Web page B1, Dec. 20):
It’s reported that the San Jose Metropolis Council handed an ordinance on Dec. 18 to manage scooter riders and the businesses that present the scooters.
One of many goals of the Metropolis Council is to attenuate accidents by limiting scooter pace to 12 mph. This essential goal is underscored by the San Jose’s Division of Transportation, cited within the article as reporting “14 e-scooter accidents have been recorded within the downtown space as of November, together with two main accidents.”
So, why do these new laws not embody a mandate that riders should put on a helmet?Whereas limiting scooter speeds will probably cut back the severity of some accidents, an unprotected head colliding with concrete at 12 mph, or worse — being struck by a automotive — can simply lead to extreme traumatic mind damage or dying.
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