New Jersey has a specific law set in place for wearing helmets while skating. For the purposes of the law, skates are anything worn on the feet that have wheels, including wheeled sneakers. The laws for helmets apply only to children, and there are no specific helmet laws for adult skaters. The same helmet laws also apply to bicycles and skateboards.
The age for required helmet laws in New Jersey is 17 as of 2005. All children 17 and under must wear helmets at all times when skating, whether in a neighborhood, on a public road or even on sidewalks. Adult skaters are not required to wear helmets while skating. The laws apply both to those who use quad roller skates and inline roller skates. The law also applies to bicyclists and bicycle passengers.
The type of helmet required for skaters in New Jersey is the basic bicycle or skating helmet. The helmet must attach under the head with a chin strap and provide adequate padding. The helmet cannot slide around on the child's head when he shakes his head. The helmet should also fit snugly around the forehead and not block the child's vision as he skates. The helmets must meet the American National Standards Institute standards for helmets or an equivalent rating standard.
Several fines are associated with not wearing the proper form of helmet. For a first offense, the fine is $25, as of 2011. For any offense after the first offense, a fine of up to $100 can be applied to the skater. Fines can also be applied to skaters who do not follow proper traffic laws, such as signaling turns, skating on the right side of the road and stopping at red lights. The fines for breaking these traffic laws are the same for drivers of cars who break the laws.
Each region or city in New Jersey has the right to add additional laws to the basic state laws. Check with each city's local laws to determine if there are any changes to the basic laws in that area. Some cities may have restrictions on where it is permissible to skate in the city, such as away from commercial properties or in specific skating zones. Laws may also change from year to year, adding to the laws to help keep skaters safer.
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