SB 192: California Introduces Bicycle Helmet Bill to Save Lives
Earlier this year, Sen. Liu introduced SB 192, which would mandate that all cyclists wear helmets as well as wear reflective clothing at night.
Below is the summary of the proposed amendment to Section 21212 of the Vehicle Code, relating to bicycles.
SB 192, as introduced, Liu. Bicycles: helmets.
Existing law prohibits a person under 18 years of age from operating a bicycle, riding on a bicycle as a passenger, or riding in a trailer towed by a bicycle unless the person is wearing a bicycle helmet meeting specified standards. A violation of those provisions is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $25.
This bill would require every person, regardless of age, to wear a bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle, riding on a bicycle as a passenger, or riding in a trailer towed by a bicycle. The bill would also require a person engaged in these activities in the darkness to wear retroreflective high-visibility safety apparel, as specified. Because a violation of this requirement would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
“As an avid bicyclist and an attorney who regularly works with clients who suffer traumatic brain injuries, I support state Sen. Carol Liu’s vision that all cyclists wear helmets as a matter of safety.
Since 2009, there has been a steady decline in motor vehicle deaths. Unfortunately, the opposite is true when it comes to bicyclist fatalities…”