Possible New Helmet Law for Skiers and Boarders of Illinois
March 22, 2011
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The state of Illinois is considering that would require skiers and snowboarders to wear a helmet all the time while in the ski area. Some are opposing this law asking "Why do you feel the state has to be the mother of everyone who wants to go skiing?" And sees it to be quite strange that in a state where bikers and motor cycle riders have a choice to wear a helmet or not.
However, some argue that the new bill would make the mountain safer for all riders.
The president of Chestnut Mountain Resort, Mike Murphy finds the bill flawed. He explains in the matter in an article;
"This bill would harm our industry and the state. Illinois resorts average around 175,000 skier visits per season, which is only slightly more than one percent of the state's population, explained the longtime ski area operator. Many of our customers come from our neighboring states Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri and Indiana, which don't have such a law.'
This law would encourage skiers and snowboarders to stay in those states, not coming to Illinois. It would take away from our customer base, and further deplete Illinois' tax revenue at a time we can ill afford it."