Push dropped for Indiana law requiring youth bicycle helmets

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana legislator is dropping his push for a new law requiring all youths to wear protective helmets while riding a bicycle, skateboard or skates on public property.

Republican Rep. Randy Frye of Greensburg says he modified his bill to focus on providing free helmets to youths because many legislators considered a helmet requirement too intrusive.

Safety advocates had backed the proposal that would have given police officers the option to issue tickets with maximum $25 fines to violators under age 18, or impound the riding device until the child is shown to have a proper helmet.

Now, HB 1174 focuses on developing public safety education and outreach programs to include, but not be limited to, youth helmet safety.

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