In New Jersey, Title 39:4-10.1, the Helmet Law, states that anyone under 17 years of age that rides a bicycle or is a passenger on a bicycle, or is towed as a passenger by a bicycle must wear a safety helmet. The Helmet Law also covers roller and in-line skates and skateboards. Initial violators of the helmet law will receive warnings. For minors, the parent or legal guardian may be fined a maximum of $25 for the 1 st offense and a maximum of $100 for subsequent offense(s), if lack of parental supervision contributed to the offense.
As the warm weather approaches, we all want to shed our snow shovels and snow boots for our bicycles! Parents, remember the importance of a securely fitted and properly buckled helmet for your kids. Helmets, when properly secured, can prevent up to 88 per cent of cyclists’ brain injuries. Check out the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute’s website. There is a ton of information about helmets, helmet safety and the best helmet for your kid’s noggin.