Section VIII. Legislative Language

F. State of Connecticut

2. CONNECTICUT LEGISLATION

(Bicycle helmet use legislation adopted in 1993 and amended in 1997)

1993:

PUBLIC ACT NO. 93-292

(Substitute Senate Bill No. 699)

AN ACT CONCERNING BICYCLE HELMETS FOR CHILDREN.

Section 1. (NEW) For the purposes of this act, "bicycle" means any vehicle propelled by the person riding the same by foot or hand power.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (a) No child under twelve years of age shall operate a bicycle on the traveled portion of any highway unless such child is wearing protective headgear which conforms to the minimum specifications established by the American National Standards Institute. Failure to comply with this section shall not be a violation or an offense.

(b) A law enforcement officer may issue a verbal warning to the parent or guardian of a child that such child has failed to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 3. (NEW) A person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of renting bicycles shall provide a bicycle helmet conforming to the minimum specifications established by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling to any person under sixteen years of age who will operate the bicycle if such person does not have a helmet in his possession. A fee may be charged for the helmet rental. Violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction.

Sec. 4. (NEW) The commissioner of consumer protection may establish, within available appropriations, a public awareness campaign to educate the public concerning the dangers of riding bicycles without helmets and to promote the use of safety helmets while riding bicycles.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (a) No person shall introduce or deliver for introduction into commerce any child

restraint system which does not conform to the requirements in 49 CFR Part 571.213.

(b) The commissioner of consumer protection may (1) detain or embargo any child restraint system which does not conform to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 571.213 and (2) order repurchase of any child restraint system which does not conform to such requirements.

(c) In addition to any other remedies at law, the commissioner may apply to the superior court for, and the court shall have jurisdiction upon hearing and for cause shown to grant, a temporary or permanent injunction restraining any person from violating subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 6. (NEW) (a) A police officer operating a bicycle in response to an emergency call or while engaged in rescue operations or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law shall be exempt from the provisions of sections 14-286, 14-286a, 14-286b, 14-286c and 14-289 of the general statutes provided (1) the police officer is wearing a distinctive uniform and (2) the police officer has completed a course of instruction in basic police bicycle patrol certified by the municipal police training council or an equivalent course of instruction.

(b) The exemptions granted in subsection (a) of this section shall apply only when such bicycle is making use of an audible warning signal device, including, but not limited to a siren, whistle or bell.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the operator of a bicycle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and property.