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Children In N.C. Required To Wear Bike Helmets While Riding

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RALEIGH — Governor Mike Easley signed a new law on Thursday. Statewide, children under 16 must wear helmets when riding bicycles.

A number of cities in North Carolina, including Raleigh, already have helmet laws for children riding bicycles. This law will hold parents responsible for children who do not wear helmets.

"We can't police every child and make all children safe in our society through the state. What we can do with this bill and others like it is create an opportunity for parents and children to be safer," Easley said. "At the end of the day, parents are going to have to accept responsibility for the safety of their children."

A parent can be fined $10 on the first offense. It would be waived if the parent can prove that he/she had purchased a helmet for their child.

The law does not take effect until October 1.


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