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The Georgia Helmet Law requires riders under the age of 16 to wear their helmet when on a state road, street or bicycle bath. While there are opponents to this requirement that claim the law gives riders a false sense of security and discourages young people from taking up cycling, proponents believe that the helmets prevent serious head injuries in bicycle accidents. In some cases, relatively minor bicycle accidents have cased traumatic head injury because the rider was not wearing a helmet.
Because of the low enforcement rate of this law, a small Georgia Town called Wadley used an interesting approach to increase compliance with the helmet law. The Wadley police began confiscating bicycles from children when they were found riding without a helmet. The department noted that helmet use rose dramatically after the police began this policy of confiscation.
While some are doubtful about the actual protections offered by wearing a helmet when biking, the majority of safety officials remain adamant that helmets provide a great amount of protection, especially in falls that a minor but could turn serious when a head injury is involved. A young man out of Cherokee county was very smart when he snapped on his helmet before taking a ride at the Blanket Creek Bicycle trail. The 14-year-old was riding the trails when his bike was flipped several times ultimately causing his head to land on some rocks. Emergency responders said that the boy lost consciousness at some point and that he suffered a broken wrist as well as cuts and bruises. In the end, a crash that could have caused much greater injuries, was less traumatic because this boy was thinking safety first when he put on his helmet before taking a ride. Those who examined the boy believed that the helmet protected this boy for far greater injuries.