04RS HB142


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HB 142 (BR 969) - B. Smith

     AN ACT relating to traffic regulations.
     Amend KRS 189.010 to define "bicycle", "bicycle helmet", "bicycle path", and "tricycle"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 189, relating to traffic regulations, to require all persons under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet when riding on a public highway or public bicycle path; require all persons selling or renting bicycles to post a sign informing patrons of the requirement to wear a bicycle helmet; exempt children riding tricycles from wearing a helmet; require a written warning to be issued to parents whose child has been cited for the first time for failure to wear a bicycle helmet; levy a $25 fine for a second offense and a $50 fine for a third or subsequent offense; allow the court to waive the fine if the parents show proof they have purchased or otherwise obtained a bicycle helmet for their child; provide for all fine moneys from the failure to wear a helmet to be placed in a separate trust and agency account under the control of the Kentucky State Police to be used to purchase bicycle helmets and provide them free of charge for children in need, and to promote bicycle safety throughout the Commonwealth; cite as Marshea Nicole Neau Bicycle Safety Act.

     (Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)

     Jan 6-introduced in House; to Transportation (H)
     Jan 26-posted in committee

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