Committee passes bill requiring kids to wear helmets while bike riding

Published: Feb. 14, 2017 at 12:30 PM EST
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The House Transportation Committee heard testimony on House Bill 122 on Tuesday. The bill, also known as TJ's bill, would require children age 12 and under in Kentucky to wear a helmet while riding a bike.

TJ Floyd, who suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling off his bike, was the inspiration for the bill. Lawmakers filed TJ's Bill last year, but it was never called up by the committee.

Eddie Reynolds, from the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, says lawmakers made a few changes to the bill this year. Last year's bill called for a fine for not wearing helmets. This year's version removes that fine.

"So if we can get the bill passed, it's not to punish families. We just want to raise awareness and knowledge and compassion for brain injuries and the ramifications that can happen and hopefully save a life," said Heather Floyd, who is TJ's mother.

The transportation committee passed the bill on Tuesday. It will now go to the house floor for a vote.