Legislator Seeks Helmet Law


Three years ago, a legislator received a letter from a little girl in Eastern Kentucky asking for a bicycle helmet law.
Ironically, the letter was written just before the girl died in a bike accident.
There's a picture of a little girl on Representative Brandon Smith's desk. He put it there to remind him to never give up in his quest to pass a bicycle helmet law.

"I've had a hard time with this because I didn't ask for this, it came to me." says Smith.

Marshae Neece wrote Smith this letter with statistics on bike safety, asking for the state to require that children wear helmets when riding their bikes. Ironically several hours later Smith said Marshae died in a bike accident. Three years ago Smith introduced the Marshae Nicole Neace Bicycle Safety Act in Committee where her father testified.

"It was just a simple helmet," said Malcolm Neace in January of 2004. "A simple helmet would have saved her life."

The bill didn't pass because at the time some said the state shouldn't mandate parental rights. Some feared the law would include motorcycle helmets.

Smith says opposition won't stop him from carrying out what he describes as the last will and testament of a little girl who loved riding her bike...and wanted it safe for everyone else.

"That was her last act," says Smith. "She folded it with her little hands and put it in her desk and addressed it to me and I will file that bill every time until we get it passed."


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