Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Aug. 9, 2022

Linkedin Pinterest

Police to enforce helmet law


Vancouver police are peddling an important message: Kids, wear your helmets.

Patrols by the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit will focus increasingly on making sure all bicyclists are complying with a city ordinance requiring helmets be worn at all times, Kim Kapp, a spokeswoman, said today.

Parents will be held responsible for anyone under 18 cited for not wearing, or having on but not appropriately fastened, a helmet, according to the city’s code.

Kapp said police are increasingly focused on helmets as weather slowly warms and more people opt for something other than four-wheeled transportation. She said the issue is an important one for members of the traffic unit who have arrived at too many crash scenes in which a helmet would have helped prevent serious injuries.

The city’s ordinance includes not only bicycles, but also in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, unicycles and skateboards.

Violating the ordinance could result in a fine up to $50.

Support local journalism

Your tax-deductible donation to The Columbian’s Community Funded Journalism program will contribute to better local reporting on key issues, including homelessness, housing, transportation and the environment. Reporters will focus on narrative, investigative and data-driven storytelling.

Local journalism needs your help. It’s an essential part of a healthy community and a healthy democracy.

Community Funded Journalism logo