This headline from the Orange County Register caught my eye this morning.
That brings us to the bike-helmet question (the video is here, about 1 hour, 12 minutes in). Norby, a Republican whoâ€™sÂ seekingÂ the stateÂ Assembly seat formerly held by Mike Duvall,Â brought it upÂ as part ofÂ his larger point: that children should get out of the house and exercise more. â€œI think bicycle helmet laws, while well-intentioned to protect kids, probably have contributed to this as well, because when you make it more difficult for kids to exercise because maybe youâ€™re concerned about his safety, sometimes you have a negative effect where the kids donâ€™t do as much of it,â€ he said during the meeting.
AskedÂ later toÂ elaborate, Norby said he supported the state law that requires those under 18 to wear helmets, whether theyâ€™re on a bike, scooter, rollerblades or skateboard. But â€œIâ€™d like to see more kids riding bikes, and Iâ€™d like to see more riding them to school. Itâ€™s important to have the bicycle helmet law, but we have to look at the unintended consequences of all laws, and also our own concerns and fears, because Orange Countyâ€™s a very safe place for kids to play, and they should be outside playing.â€
Sometimes I have to wonder what this guy is smoking? And he thinks he should represent the people of the 72nd Assembly District?