I grew up skateboarding in Halifax, when skating with a helmet was a choice you could make without police harassment. Now I live in Vancouver. I have friends who have gone to Nova Scotia to live or vacation and have left NS because they could not tolerate the helmet fines they were being handed for practicing their favorite out-door sport. Skateboarding in Vancouver is an enormous, thriving scene, and the cops leave us alone, as they should.
Skateboarding promotes positive, active communities. Let’s see some more respect for skateboarding in NS; if there must be a helmet law, make it for those 16 years old and under.
Also, auto insurance should not be connected to helmet-law infractions. If we allow our laws to go down this path, people will be losing their auto-insurance for just about any law infraction.
Please repeal this law on helmets and reconsider the auto-insurance no-deal also. Bring N.S. up-to-date and support your athletes!”