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Bicycle Helmets: Reminder to Parents and Persons Under 18

Post Date:12/11/2015 12:45 PM

As a courtesy reminder to all parents and persons under the age of 18: There seems to be an ongoing presence of children and teenagers on skateboards, bicycles and scooters, without helmets. This poses a safety danger to the youth within the community. As it is encouraged for children of all ages to participate in recreational outdoor activities, we strongly urge parents to ensure that the proper safety equipment is being utilized. In addition to safety, it is a California state law that requires the use of a helmet for those under the age of 18.

Section 21212 (a) VC (Vehicle Code) states:

21212. (a) VC: A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle, a nonmotorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of either the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), or standards subsequently established by those entities. This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.

Some tips on ensuring a proper fit for your helmet;

  • Wear it flat on your head with the bottom edge parallel to the ground
  • Sits low on your forehead
  • Has side straps that form a "V" shape around each ear
  • Has pads inside that you install or remove so the helmet fits snuggly
  • Does not move in any direction when you shake your head
  • Does not interfere with your movement, vision or hearing
  • Has a buckle that fastens tightly (there should be room to put only two fingers between the strap and chin


As always, the deputies of the Eastvale Police Department are committed to the safety of the community. 

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