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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Leland Yee Introduces Ski Helmet Law -- Again

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

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Sen.Leland Yee is making another attempt to make the ski slopes safer in California.

The San Francisco Democrat, who is making a bid for San Francisco mayor, wants to force kids to wear a helmet when they ski and snowboard. Yee has reintroduced his bill that failed last year after then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed companion legislation, essentially killing Yee's safety bill.

Yee claims that half of of all skiing deaths are directly caused by head injuries -- and

helmets can reduce that as well as the possibility of brain trauma by as much as 29


"Ski slopes are perhaps the last area of recreation where we do not have

basic safety standards in place for children," Yee says. "We currently do not allow parental choice for car seats and seat belts or basic vaccinations for children attending school; nor should a helmet for kids on ski slopes be optional."

Staffers at Yee's office would not confirm whether the senator skies or if he wears a helmet.

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