Honolulu’s skateparks may soon get a helmet law.
City Councilman Joey Manahan recently introduced a bill that will make it illegal for anyone not wearing an “approved helmet” to skateboard in a city skatepark.
Approved helmets are those that meet or exceed the bicycle helmet standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
Manahan told Civil Beat that the proposed law is partially in response to the recent death of Kaiser High School student Reid Krucky, who died in April after a skateboarding accident.
Krucky was riding down Kalanipuu Street while holding on to the back of a moped when he fell and hit his head. He was not wearing a helmet.
“The issue has been in the back of my mind for quite some time,” Manahan said of his new bill. “Being a skateboarder myself I think a lot more people are getting into the sport and are engaged in the sport so you’ll see more accidents and more of these things happening.”
There’s currently no helmet law for skateboarders, and bicyclists are only required to wear helmets if they’re under 16 years old.
Manahan said depending on the reaction to his bill he might push for an expansion of the helmet law to include all city streets and sidewalks.
Bill 30 is tentatively scheduled for the June 5 council meeting.
— Nick Grube