Resolution 97-03: HELMET SAFETY

Number 97-03
Description All people biking, skating, or skateboarding must wear helmets
Authored by NCC
Sponsored by Nikisha Jones
Date Submitted Tuesday, October 29, 1996
Date Considered Wednesday, March 26, 1997
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Student Affairs
Result n/a
Remarks FAILED - There was a perceived lack of enforcement by departments in cities where there was an ordinance similar to this resolution. Other cities with this rule implement it for those under 18 years of age.
Whereas Neither UTA nor the City of Arlington currently have policies regarding the wearing of a helmet while operating or riding a bicycle, rollerblades, skates, skateboards, etc. while on university or city property; and
Whereas A policy stipulating the use of certified helmets would be congruent with the goals and objectives of Healthy People 2000 as established by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Public Health; and
Whereas Student Congress and the university administration can assume a leadership role in the community by instituting such a policy; and
Whereas Student Congress and UTA can enjoin with these foresighted communities: Dallas, Fort Worth, Bedford, Benbrook, and Houston, by instituting such a policy for the protection of the individual, for the protection of those persons involved with an accident, as well as for the protection of the liability of the entity in which the individuals are operating or residing.
Be It Further Resolved That All persons operating or riding above mentioned resources will be required to wear an ANSI or SNELL approved helmet while on university property, or if found in violation of said policy, the offender will be issued a citation with a fine no less than 10 dollars and no greater than 50 dollars, and if such citation is received, the offender may present proof of approved helmet ownership within 10 days and have said citation dismissed, or if said offender is unable to afford a helmet or provide proof of ownership, an extension of 20 days from offense date and a list of resources will be provided to assist said offender in obtaining an approved helmet.
Be It Further Resolved That This resolution take effect immediately.