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  • NJ A1259
  • Increases age for helmet requirement for bicycling, roller skating, and skateboarding to 17 and younger; extends helmet requirement to ice skaters and operators of non-motorized scooters.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would increase the age for requiring a person to wear a helmet when bicycling, roller skating, or skateboarding to 17 years of age and younger. Current law requires persons 16 years of age and younger to wear a helmet when bicycling, roller skating or skateboarding. The bill also extends this helmet requirement to ice skaters and operators of non-motorized scooters. Currently, only roller skaters and skateboarders are required to wear helmets. The bill exempts figure skaters involved in organized competitions from the helmet requirement. Currently, a parent or legal guardian of a person who fails to wear a helmet when bicycling, roller skating, or skateboarding would be fined up to $25 for the first offense and up to $100 for the second offense. The bill would expand the punishments to include a parent or legal guardian of a person who fails to wear a helmet when ice skating or operating a non-motorized scooter. Under current law, it is unlawful to manufacture, assemble, sell, offer to sell, or distribute bicycles, roller skates, or skateboards without a warning notice advising customers of the legal provisions concerning the wearing of approved helmets and appropriate personal protection equipment, and persons selling or renting bicycles, roller skates, or skateboards are required to advise their customers of these legal provisions and make helmets available to persons subject to the helmet requirement. Businesses complying with these requirements would not to be liable in a civil action for damages for any physical injury sustained by a bicyclist, roller skater or skateboarder who fails to wear a helmet. The bill expands these requirements and civil immunity provisions to ice skates and non-motorized scooters.
Women and Children
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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