To the Editor:
The State of New Jersey passed a law requiring anyone under age 17 riding a bicycle on public roads to wear a helmet. The law was later expanded to include roller skates, skateboards, and inline skates.
Sounds like a good idea, but like a lot of good ideas, this one has turned into another unenforced statute that is on the books, but does little or no good.
Anyone on the roads down here knows maybe one in 10 children wear helmets and there is little, if any, enforcement of the law.
Children should always wear a helmet while riding, but it is up to the parents to keep their children safe by requiring this, not the police. Most children will come home safe and sound, but some will not.
Wake up, parents and grandparents in Avalon and Stone Harbor. Buy your children a helmet and make them wear it before they become the unlucky one.