Urgent Plea – Help Stop Tragic Skateboarding Deaths
There were 78 skateboarding deaths in the last 2 years. Something must be done. Helmet laws only address 25% of those deaths. 50 deaths were from cars hitting skateboarders. Drivers don’t see them. BOARDLIGHT needs help to make a light available.
By: BOARDLIGHT ™
One concerned parent in California is trying to do something about it. He is convinced that lights on the boards would save lives. Lights for bicyles are readily available, but not for boards. Convenient, easy to use lights that can be added to any board are not available. Apparently the market isn’t big enough for any existing companies to invest in it. That concerned parent made some board lights for his sons and their friends that are visible for over half a mile. With enough help raising initial funds, the BOARDLIGHT could be made available to boarders everywhere. A fund raising website called Kickstarter is being used to receive donations until April 18th. All of the money raised, along with much of the designer’s own money, will be used to create the molds and purchase the parts needed to build the lights. Anyone can contribute by searching for boardlight on the Kickstarter.com website.
After the deaths where helmets might have helped, parents wished they could warn other skateboarders to always wear a helmet. When cars were involved, the drivers said they did not see the person on the board. Someone should be pleading with boarders, “Use a light!” Far more of these deaths could have been prevented by a light than by a helmet. Motorcycles are required to have lights. Cyclists use front and rear lights. Why not skateboards?
In this age of childhood obesity, we are encouraging kids to drop their video game controllers and get outside. Parents need to be informed that kids are being killed on skateboards, and that many of these deaths could be prevented if they would just use a light to make sure their kids are visible.
In memory of so many who have died in skateboarding accidents, a memorial list has been posted at myboardlight.com/
Right now anyone can help to stop these tragic deaths by making a donation. Contributors have an option to receive a BOARDLIGHT for their donation, and they may save the lives of many boarders by helping to make these lights available.
Make a difference. Help make boarders more visible. Contribute to BOARDLIGHT on Kickstarter.com by April 18th. www.kickstarter.com/
To submit questions or comments, please use the contact form at myboardlight.com/
Page Updated Last on: Mar 27, 2013