Legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio that would require skiers under the age of 18 to wear helmets on the slopes unanimously passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.
“Skiing is an inherently dangerous sport,” Bucco stated. “It is necessary to mandate the use of helmets on the slopes by young people because of their relative lack of experience and the high speeds involved.”
The bill would require any skier under the age of 18 years to wear a securely fitted protective helmet specifically designed by the manufacturer to be used while engaged in the activity of downhill skiing. The bill defines “downhill skiing” to include the operation of toboggans, sleds and snowboards.
“Tragedies on the slopes are not uncommon and can affect anyone,” Pennacchio continued. “Olympic athletes, famous actresses and members of one of America’s most famous political families have all been gravely injured in the past few years. Wearing a helmet on the slopes is just plain common sense.”
Amen, Senator Pennacchio! Let’s hope Governor Christie signs the legislation!