Re-instate helmet laws for electric scooter use in California

Re-instate helmet laws for electric scooter use in California

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Dear Mr. Newsom, 

This petition is in regards to the Electric Scooter Law put into effect January 1st, 2019 by former governor Jerry Brown stating that those over the age of 18 are not required to wear a helmet when operating such vehicle. 

I have noticed the prevalence of electric scooters in cities such as LA and smaller towns such as Santa Barbara and the extent to which they are used. Although this is great in terms of individual health it raises great concern for public safety. The current Californian Law requires all motorcycle users to wear a helmet, however there is not the same standard for users of motorised scooters despite both vehicles operating on the same roads. This is particularly concerning considering electric scooters are far more accessible to the everyday citizen due to ride-share applications such as Bird and Lime.

As an Australian, I have come from a country where the law requires those utlising such vehicles to wear a helmet, regardless of their age. This is further put into effect by ride-share bicycle companies providing helmets for their users and I was shocked to see the amount of people using a motorised vehicle to be without one. This is especially concerning when taking into account the ease at which an electric scooter user can reach up to 20mph, compared to those on a bicycle who at an average speed are only reaching 9.6mph.

I understand that the popularity of such ride-share vehicles comes down to their accessibility and that although these companies (Bird, Lime) do suggest for their users to utilise a helmet, there is a very slim chance that a potential rider is carrying one with them at the time. 

Thus, I urge you to make it a legal need for those riding an electric scooter to wear a helmet. This will then require ride-share companies to provide helmets to all potential riders without limiting the accessibility of such vehicles to the public and placing greater importance on the safety of Californian citizens. 

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