Deputy Myers Tips

EV - Deputy Myers.jpgDear Deputy Myers:

Bicycle/Skateboard Helmet requirements…what is the law?

The California Vehicle Code  Section 21212, which pertains to helmet laws, is as follows: (a) 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.

Did you know every year in California alone, over 100 people are killed and thousands are injured in bicycle collisions? All too often these injuries are head related and could have been prevented. Where there is a responsibility on both the bicyclist and the motorist to maintain control and stay alert, the devastating injuries could be prevented by just wearing a helmet.

As the operator of the bicycle/skateboard and being under the age of 18, it is your responsibility to not only wear your helmet, but to also wear it properly. Consult the packaging of the helmet or your local first responder for assistance if you are unsure. Also consider taking a bicycle safety course to learn the proper hand signals to effectively communicate your intentions to other drivers on the road. Know that wearing a properly fitting helmet is the law and you could be cited for not wearing one. Don’t get caught without it!

There are four basic safety tips to follow when operating a bicycle or skateboard while on the street or in an enclosed skate park. 1) Maintain control of your bicycle/skateboard; 2) Protect yourself – Always wear your helmet; 3) Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions clearly; and lastly 4) Ride with traffic. We at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are committed to your safety and encourage you to continue to keep yourself and your families safe.

Deanna Myers is the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for the Jurupa Valley Station of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that services the Eastvale Police Department.  She has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for about nine years, and most recently was assigned to patrol within the City of Eastvale before moving into her current position where she is in charge of the Neighborhood Watch program for the City of Eastvale.