Enforce the law

Why don't police make a point of enforcing bike helmet laws?

This letter is in reference to the article entitled, police watch for bike helmet use, (The News, April 17).

Since my wife and I arrived in this area in 1999, we have often commented on the number of bicycle riders not wearing helmets. This is not limited to children but many adults as well.

My understanding is that it is unlawful not to wear a helmet when bike riding on a public highway.

So it was with some amazement when I read RCMP Corporal Jesse Foreman’s comments that “normally tickets are given out when the infraction is found in combination with other things that would warrant police attention,” and “We see quite a few riding without helmets and it’s disturbing.”

Is it not against the law to ride a bicycle on a public highway not wearing a helmet? If it is against the law, would it not promote safety to enforce this law? If it is against the law, why is the law not enforced whenever possible and not just when associated with something else?

How many bike helmet infraction tickets in Parksville/Qualicum were actually issued in the past 36 months?

If adults are allowed to ride around without helmets surely this influences our children to do the same?

The wearing of motorcycle helmets and the wearing of seat belts, both personal safety items, are certainly enforced by the RCMP, why not bike helmets?

Peers Pendlebury

Qualicum Beach




Just Posted

Parksville’s Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor celebrate 50 years

Week of ‘60s-themed activities starts on April 26

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

Review: The Magic of ‘Almost, Maine’

ECHO Players production runs through May 5 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Most Read