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What you need to know about Greece’s helmet-first policy article GOTHAM CITY, NY—As the winter weather heats up, it is not uncommon for people in the Great Lakes region to have to take their kids to the mall to buy ice cream and candy, while a number of residents of the area have also decided to opt for helmets, in a trend that has the city of Gotham City at the forefront of the debate.
The city’s mayor announced last week that all residents of Gotham County would soon be required to wear helmets.
Gotham Mayor James G. Grimaldi, speaking at a City Council meeting in January, announced that the city would begin requiring helmets in April 2020, with a goal of installing at least 2,000 by the end of 2021.
According to Gotham City’s Mayor James Grimaldi.
Gotham City Mayor James Grimmaldi.
Grimaldi said the city will install 1,000 helmets in the first half of 2021, with an additional 3,000 expected in the second half of the year.
The mayor added that helmets were not only safer for children, but they also had reduced the likelihood of head injuries.
“As a city with an extensive transportation network, we can’t allow the majority of our residents to get injured by falling,” Grimaldi said.
“It is time for Gotham City to move forward on this issue and ensure all our residents have the choice to wear their own helmets.”
Gotham City Mayor’s decision came after a city survey found that only a third of Gotham residents are comfortable wearing a helmet, while only half of those surveyed were satisfied with the city’s overall safety record.
In January, Gotham City Councilmember David Campos said Gotham would require helmets by May 2021.
GOTHam City Council Member David Campo.
He said that a helmet is not only more cost-effective, but also reduces the likelihood that an accident will occur, which is what would cause most head injuries in Gotham.
Campos told The Associated Press that he supported Grimaldi’s plan, but said that it is too soon to tell how many helmets will be installed and how many residents will have to wear them.
At least one member of the public is opposed to the idea.
On Tuesday, Mayor James J. Grimaldo announced that his administration would take a “zero tolerance approach” on helmets.
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