May 4, 2011 10:44:00 AM
The helmet law is officially in full effect.
The Starkville Police Department began enforcing the city''s helmet safety ordinance this week to the tune of $15 per violation.
Chief David Lindley said his department has bicycle officers on patrol and all officers will be on the lookout for violators. Anyone riding a bike, skateboard, skates or "alternative transportation device" is required to wear a fastened helmet.
"The law has been on the books for several months but we''ve been delaying enforcement until the university semester was out. We didn''t want to start in the middle of a school year," said Lindley.
Signs are posted on city bike paths to remind cyclists to wear their helmets. Parents will be held accountable for violations on behalf of children under the age of 16.
usarover commented at 5/5/2011 9:05:00 AM:
also, either confine the bikes to bike paths, or have the cyclist obey the traffic laws same as automobiles...example: the bike doesn't get to cross an intersection when the light is red, just because they can make it before the next wave of cars comes
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