Tuesday, May 4, 2010

EU PASSES NEW HELMET LAW!! Starting fall 2010, all snowboarders will be required to wear a helmet while on public ski resorts. A veto from Austria's ski federation, OSV, has prevented this law from affecting skiers.

Anyone caught violating this law will be stopped by ski police(provided by resort) and given a fine. 100 euros for first offense, 200 for the second, and a possible season long ban from all EU resorts for further citations.

This is awesome! It should be for all riders, whether on a board or skis. This law will save/protect a lot of people from unnecessary injuries and/or death. According to the NSAA(National Ski Areas Association), in the past decade an average of 39.8 people die per year due to ski/snowboard related accidents. There are 43.5 serious injuries(paraplegics, head trauma and other serious injuries)per year. These numbers would be significantly lowered if everyone was wearing a helmet. I know I have had my fair share of close calls with a tree, or the occasional wreckless skier/snowboarder flying aimlessly down the hill at around 40mph and I'm sure I am not alone.

Helmets these days are far superior to beanies and other head wear as it is. You can link up your mp3 players and cell phones up to many of them. Here are a couple great ones on the market right now.... www.allsportprotection.com/Snowboard_Helmets_s/24.htm They are super warm, comfortable, protect your noggin', and look more hard core! I personally see no downside to this law.

check out the link and let us know what you think.....


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