City officials defer helmet law

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Apr 22 2014 11:30:28 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

A City Council bill requiring younger skateboarders to wear helmets could fizzle after being deferred Tuesday.

Under Bill 62, anyone under the age of 16 caught riding a skateboard without a helmet would face a $25 dollar fine.

But, the Honolulu Police Department says the bill could do more harm than good.

“If it gets to a point where they would have to be arrested, basically you’d be giving a criminal record to a child for skateboarding and that criminal record will stick with them until they turn 18,” said Maj. Calvin Tong of the Honolulu Police Department.

The police major also said that enforcing a helmet law for skateboarders would be nearly impossible without additional manpower.

The legislation was introduced last October by Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan. 

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