ERIC Number: ED352138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Bicycle Helmet Promotion Act. Report of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on S. 3096. 102d Congress, 2d Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Senate Bill 3096 (S. 3096), the Bicycle Helmet Promotion Act, provides incentive grants to state and local governments that seek to promote the use of bicycle helmets by children under the age of 16. Between 1984 and 1988, a total of 4,815 Americans died and 2,830,475 suffered injuries requiring hospitalization as a result of accidents that occurred while riding a bicycle. Children under the age of 15 suffered 41 percent of the cycling-related deaths from head injuries and 76 percent of all cycling-related head injuries. The overwhelming majority of the cycling-related deaths and injuries could have been prevented by the use of protective bicycle helmets. However, only 5 percent of children wear a helmet while cycling. In recent years, states and localities have undertaken some efforts to encourage or require the use of bicycle helmets by children. An appropriate role for the Federal Government is to encourage these efforts, while affording states and local governments wide latitude in addressing this safety issue. Specifically, S. 3096 establishes a safety grant program to be administered by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to provide funds for the enforcement of a law that requires children to wear approved bicycle helmets; to assist children to acquire helmets; or to develop and administer a program to educate children on the importance of wearing helmets. The bill would authorize appropriations for this purpose of $2 million for fiscal year (FY) 1993, $3 million for FY 1994, and $4 million for FY 1995. (AC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.