City Kids Lack Bike Helmets Despite Law

HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- It's been seven years since Harrisonburg began enforcing a bike helmet law.

That law says kids under 14 have to wear a helmet while on a bike, however, there are lots of kids who are riding without that protection.

That's why the city's fire department is out in neighborhoods teaching parents and kids about the need for bike helmets. One city parent says she had a close call when her daughter recently fell off a bike and hit her head. That's one reason she's talking with the fire department and being proactive when it comes to kid safety.

"It scared me to death, because one of the neighbor kids came and said, 'she fell and hit her head!' I'm panicking. I ran across the parking lot, and the first thing I did was go into panic mom mode. I was going to take her to the emergency room. It wasn't all that serious, but it could've been," shared parent, Jennifer Milstead.

If you're child is caught without a helmet, the first offense will just be a warning. A second time can lead to a summons to juvenile court. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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