REPORT TITLE:
Helmet Law For Minors


DESCRIPTION:
Requires minors under the age of 12 to wear a helmet while
operating a wheeled apparatus on public property.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                        
THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           1430
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO JUVENILE SAFETY.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  Chapter 291C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, part XIII
 
 2 is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated
 
 3 and to read as follows:
 
 4      "291C-    Helmet requirement for minors under twelve years
 
 5 of age.  (a)  Any child under twelve years of age that operates a
 
 6 bicycle, play vehicle, or a wheeled apparatus on a public street,
 
 7 sidewalk, park, beach, or on any other public property shall wear
 
 8 a helmet tested by a nationally recognized agency as determined
 
 9 by the highway safety coordinator and designed to fit the user
 
10 and protect against head trauma while utilizing the apparatus on
 
11 public property.
 
12      For the purposes of this section, the term "wheeled
 
13 apparatus" includes motor scooters, mopeds, all terrain vehicles,
 
14 skateboards, inline skates, roller skates, tricycles, bicycles,
 
15 toy bicycles, and unicycles.
 
16      (b)  Any parent or guardian of a child who is found in
 
17 violation of this section shall be subject to the penalties set
 
18 forth in section 291C-161."
 
19      SECTION 2.  Chapter 291C, Hawaii Revised Statutes, part XIII
 

 
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 1 is amended by amending its title to read as follows:
 
 2   "PART XIII.  OPERATION OF BICYCLES [AND], PLAY VEHICLES, AND
 
 3                       WHEELED APPARATUSES"
 
 4      SECTION 3.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that
 
 5 matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were
 
 6 begun, before its effective date.
 
 7      SECTION 4.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
 8 New statutory material is underscored.
 
 9      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 
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11                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________