A safety bill for bicyclists was approved by the Utah Legislature on Tuesday. The bill now goes to Gov. Jon Huntsman for his approval. The bill states that motorists must pass a cyclist leaving a minimum of threefoot passing way between the rider and the side of the vehicle. Failing to do so could result in a $40 fine.
This is an important safety issue considering that bicycles remain associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile. Last year, six cyclists were struck and killed on Utah roads. Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes. The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is the helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by 90 percent.
With this information you think that everyone would be wearing a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, skates, or scooters but in fact only 20 percent of Utah elementary school age students wear bicycle helmets. The health educators at the Tooele County Health Department would like our community to have a higher rate of helmet use.
That is why the Tooele County Health Department are offering an education opportunity for adults, parents and children. If you attend a helmet use education class and pay a $5 attendance fee, you will receive a free red multi-sport helmet. The person for which the helmet will be used must be present. All sizes will be available.
This event will take place Wednesday, March 9, anytime between 3-6 p.m. at the Tooele County Health Department 151 No. Main, Tooele. If you have any questions, please call 843- 2310.