Philadelphia, January 19th, 2016 – On Thursday, January 21st, 2016 when Philadelphia City Council returns from Winter break, Councilman Bill Greenlee (At Large) will introduce an ordinance that would require that children 12 and under operating a hoverboard to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards.
According to reports, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and specialists are overloaded with people suffering from injuries sustained by falling off a hoverboard. Jefferson University hospital emergency room reported seven bone fractures in one and a half days caused by hoverboard falls.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission along with medical professionals around the country recommend the use of protective safety gear to prevent some injuries sustained by hoverboard riders. The legislation proposed by Councilman Greenlee enables Police officers to issue a violation in the amount of $25 dollars.
According to Greenlee, “I was shocked by the number of stories I heard around the holidays of people, both adults and children, sustaining serious injuries from falling off a hoverboard. I think this legislation makes sense especially in a city with uneven sidewalks.”
The City Council will consider the Ordinance at a public hearing.
More on this legislation:
Philadelphia Inquirer (following Committee on Streets and Services approval).
Councilman Greenlee on Fox 29: