Again, this a simple concept. It really is as simple as letting people make personal decisions about things and that gies for allowing parents to actually raise their children instead of the state. If little Johnny cracks his noggin open because his parents let him ride without a helmet, how in the hell does that affect little Billy and his parents who make Billy wear one??? Again, some of you people seem to want to have the state do your job of being a parent.
I teach at Mt. Hood Meadows and Meadows has now required kids under 16 in a lesson to wear a helmet unless the parent declines. They have a policy but leave the ultimate decission up to the parent as it should be. The feel good knee jerk reactionary types have tried to get Oregon and Washington to pass laws but neither state sees wasting time and tax dollars in such a stupid manner.
It's all a matter of perspective. The sad truth is that some parents CAN'T be trusted to do their jobs, or simply don't realize the risk their children are putting themselves into. You think every parents realizes little Billy is hitting 70ft gaps in the terrain park? Or that they're riding rails where a good slip and a tap to the head could be lights out for them? Maybe they do,maybe they don't... but what does happen is that the state, the tax payers, and sometimes the resorts end up losing money through lawsuits, reforms, etc.
Lets be honest, there's as many shitty parents in this world as good ones, and sometimes you just can't leave it up to them.
Besides, maybe it'll set a precedent... it's like wearing a uniform in a private school. The kid isn't worried about looking cool, having the newest or most stylish clothing, and can focus instead on the important things. Beyond that, if all the kids have to wear helmets, maybe the younger up and comers will be even more accepting of them, and itll become commonplace not because of law but because it's the standard.