It greatly saddens me to see Milton repeal its helmet law based on suspect advice from its insurance provider (TNT, 5-28).
Each traumatic brain injury costs society millions of dollars even if the injured person has sufficient medical insurance. I know several mothers who have lost their sons to skateboard accidents. Helmet laws are a very wise public health measure.
I help out a traumatic brain injury victim. He went through a car window at age 21 while riding his bike without benefit of a helmet. He is now 48 year years old and will never recover, although he has made much progress over the years. Both he and his family suffer greatly.
Over the years, I have been involved in three bicycle versus car crashes. I am very grateful that my helmet saved my life each time.
My bike club, the Tacoma Wheelmen, worked diligently with our health department and local hospitals and others to enact these laws and put helmets on people. We hope Milton’s unfortunate decision is not a trend.