Bicycle Helmet Regulations in the USA and Abroad

May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Texas-based psychology student Kelly Dillard is a dancer and regular beauty pageant contestant, having appeared in a large number of Texas pageant events. Kelly Dillard is an enthusiastic advocate for physical fitness and helmet-safety standards, using her pageant platform to raise awareness and support these causes.

A photograph of President Obama wearing a bicycle helmet while riding on his 2013 family summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard circulated around the Internet and caused some comment and speculation about bicycle helmet standards in the United States. While there is no federal law governing mandatory use of bicycle helmets, children are required to wear helmets in 21 American states according to varying local legislation.

In some countries, bicycle helmet standards are much more rigorous. For example, in Australia, helmets have been mandatory for riders of all ages since 1989. Some Canadian provinces also enforce the mandatory wearing of helmets. In Mexico City, mandatory helmet laws were repealed in 2010, and in South Africa, the practice is compulsory according to the law but not officially enforced. Countries that do not have any legislation governing the wearing of bicycle helmets regardless of age include France, Germany, India, Poland, and The Netherlands.

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Massachusetts Considers New Anti-Bullying Regulations

July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

An advocate of bully prevention, Kelly Dillard recently appeared on the Anderson Cooper Show to discuss her experience as a victim of bullying. With her efforts, Kelly Dillard, a lifelong Texas resident, hopes to affect legislative action at the local, state, and national levels.

At the end of May 2013, lawmakers in Massachusetts proposed legislation that would update the state’s landmark 2010 anti-bullying laws. Spearheaded by Attorney General Martha Coakley, the initiative would require schools to compile information about individual bullying incidents and submit it to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Using this data, the department would then release an in-depth report detailing the frequency and nature of bullying in schools. Specifically, the report would provide insight into which demographics are most commonly subjected to bullying. Moreover, the new law would call upon schools to create and submit a plan to alleviate this critical problem school-wide. Finally, experts would design a survey that would measure students’ perceptions of bullying in their schools. Teachers would administer the poll every three years.

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