From today's Toronto Star:
Helmets-for-all law moves ahead in Ontario
QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU CHIEF
A law that would force cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers of all ages to wear protective helmets cleared a hurdle in the Legislature yesterday.
The private member's bill from Liberal backbencher John Milloy (Kitchener Centre) passed second reading. It's been referred to a legislative committee for further study.
The bill requires helmets to be worn on all public roadways in the province and would beef up an existing law in Ontario, on the books since 1996, that mandates all children under 18 wear helmets while cycling. The fine for not having a child wear a helmet is $80.
Exemptions are made for religious headgear, but the law would force parents to set an example for their children by donning helmets.
During debate yesterday, Beaches-East York NDP MPP Michael Prue described the loss of his brother Derek in a 1998 bicycling accident.
"This bill is absolutely right," said Prue. "There isn't a day goes by that I don't see someone on the streets of Toronto, an adult, with no helmet on their head, and I want to get out of my car or off the sidewalk and I want to grab them and I want to shake them."