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Helmet ordinance proposed for Jackson cyclists

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A proposed ordinance to require cyclists to wear helmets on public roads and sidewalks has been placed before the Jackson City Council.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that a council committee recommended the ordinance this week. The issue is on the council's agenda for Monday.

Violators of the helmet ordinance could be fined $75. The ordinance would allow a first offense to be dropped if a person has proof of buying a helmet.

Proponents tout statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA reported in 2008 that nearly 70% of all fatal bike crashes involve head injuries. The same study found that just 25% of cyclists wear helmets.

Opponents say the ordinance is an infringement on personal liberty.

Tupelo, Starkville, Hernando and Ridgeland have adopted helmet ordinances.

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