This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Let’s get this straight: Milton must let bicyclists and skateboarders endanger themselves because they might sue the city if they hurt themselves?
We’ll have to let the trial attorneys explain that pretzel of logic; we sure can’t figure it out.
The Milton City Council last week repealed its 12-year-old ordinance requiring skateboarders and other rolling daredevils to wear helmets at the Milltown Commons Skatepark, a popular attraction for area skaters.
City officials cited two reasons for ditching the ordinance. Blame the state for one of them; blame the bizarre quirks of litigation for the other.
And maybe throw in some blame for the City of Milton, too – for an overabundance of timidity.
The town’s leaders cite the State of Washington’s failure to require helmets as a reason the city shouldn’t require them, either.
But the state is negligent about many things; it’s not necessarily a great role model for cities and counties. Washington ought to have a statewide helmet law, given that taxpayers usually wind up on the hook for the medical expenses when an unhelmeted skater or bicyclist accidentally substitutes his cranium for his brakes.
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