C. State of Maryland and Maryland Counties
2. MARYLAND LEGISLATION, AS ADOPTED
HOUSE BILL 974
(Approved by the Governor May 25, 1995)
FOR the purpose of prohibiting a person under a certain age from operating or riding on a bicycle unless the person is wearing a bicycle helmet that conforms with certain standards; providing for the application of this Act; providing for the enforcement of this Act; providing for an exception to this Act; and generally relating to the mandatory use of bicycle helmets.
BY adding to
BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments
SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
EXPLANATION: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.
Underlining indicates amendments to bill.
(A) (1) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION APPLY:
(2) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION DO NOT APPLY TO PASSENGERS IN COMMERCIAL RICKSHAWS.
(B) THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY IN THE TOWN OF OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND, ON THE BOARDWALK BETWEEN THE OCEAN CITY INLET AND 27TH STREET, DURING THE HOURS IN WHICH BICYCLES ARE PERMITTED BY LOCAL ORDINANCE TO BE OPERATED ON THE BOARDWALK.
(C) A PERSON TO WHOM THIS SECTION APPLIES MAY NOT OPERATE OR RIDE AS A PASSENGER ON A BICYCLE UNLESS THE PERSON IS WEARING A HELMET THAT MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE, THE SNELL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION'S STANDARD, OR THE STANDARDS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TESTING AND MEASUREMENTS FOR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR FOR USE IN BICYCLING.
(D) THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENFORCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF A WARNING THAT INFORMS THE OFFENDER OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION AND PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ABOUT BICYCLE HELMET USE.
[Any] EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN § 21-1207.1 OF THIS ARTICLE, ANY person who violates a restriction on any license under the Maryland Vehicle Law or who violates any rule or regulation adopted under any provision of the Maryland Vehicle Law is guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to any administrative penalty provided for in the Maryland Vehicle Law, is subject to the penalties provided for in § 27-101(b) of this subtitle or, if greater, to the same penalties as are provided for a violation of the statute for or under which the restriction is imposed or the rule or regulation adopted.
SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED. That this Act shall take effect