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June 25, 2013 > Helmets are the Law

Helmets are the Law

Submitted By Fremont PD

Summer is here and many kids and teens will soon be out riding bikes and skateboards. The Fremont Police Department wants to remind our community that helmets are the law.

Anyone under the age of 18 MUST wear a helmet when riding or riding upon (as a passenger) a bicycle, non-motorized scooter, skateboard or when using in-line or roller skates on a street, bikeway, public path or trail. The helmet must be property fitted and fastened and meet the standards of either the American National Standards Institute, the Snell Memorial Foundations Standard for Protective Headgear for use in bicycling or the American Society for Testing Materials. When purchasing a helmet, be sure that is it labeled and meets one of these standards.

If a minor is cited for not having a helmet, the parent or legal guardian shall be jointly responsible for the fine.

For more information on California Vehicle Code Section 21212 governing the helmet law for minors, go to http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21212.htm

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