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Old 08-09-05, 07:26 AM   #1
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Teaxs helmet law?

Not that I would ever ride without one... streets, poles, trees and cars ar still pretty hard on the noggin' but I was asked by a rider new to TX if there are mandatory helmet laws here... couldn't find anything on the Dept of Public Safety website so I thought someone here might know... thanks in advance!

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Judging from http://bicycleaustin.info/laws/helmet-tx.html, there is no statewide law, but there are attempts to pass one. See http://www.helmets.org/mandator.htm for various local laws, though.
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Old 08-09-05, 07:43 AM   #3
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Thanks very much! Hope all your rides are safe ones!
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Dallas has a mandatory helmet law for bicyclists. No statewide law.
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Old 08-09-05, 02:56 PM   #5
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Judging from http://bicycleaustin.info/laws/helmet-tx.html, there is no statewide law, but there are attempts to pass one. See http://www.helmets.org/mandator.htm for various local laws, though.
According to that site as well as http://www.smf.org/laws.html, it appears if you're under 18 a helmet is mandatory in Houston.
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any mandatory helmet law,for juveniles or adults, should resisted at all cost. I would stay and support my opinion, however I am supposed to be working on my college math homework at this time, so I cannot afford to procasternate.
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There is no state law, only local, county ones that I know of in the larger areas/cities.
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Dallas has a mandatory helmet law for bicyclists. No statewide law.
How well is it enforced? Or is it? What is the fine? Does it only cover certain age groups, or everyone? If a minor is cited for not wearing a helmet, who gets the fine, his parents? Why is this law in place? Is it to protect the city from law suits when someone suffers a head injury while not wearing a helmet?

Also does Texas have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law?
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How well is it enforced? Or is it? What is the fine? Does it only cover certain age groups, or everyone? If a minor is cited for not wearing a helmet, who gets the fine, his parents? Why is this law in place? Is it to protect the city from law suits when someone suffers a head injury while not wearing a helmet?

Also does Texas have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law?
AFAIK, The Dallas helmet law is virtally unenforced. I never even knew about it until recently. I doubt that many Dallas residents are aware of it.

Texas has a mandatory helmet law for riders under 18 years old only. Like many states, Texas repealed it's mandatory helmet law for adults several years ago.
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Here in New Zealand we have a mandatory helmet law & the fine is NZ$40 although it is not aggresively pursued you may forfeit some of your insurance if you were to sustain a head injury in a bike accident if not wearing one.
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Here in New Zealand we have a mandatory helmet law & the fine is NZ$40 although it is not aggresively pursued you may forfeit some of your insurance if you were to sustain a head injury in a bike accident if not wearing one.
remind me not to visit New Zealand. I'm sure it is a nice place, however I would never go anywhere that supported a madatory helmet law. And if they tried to enact a law in my town where I live, or in my state, I would organize, and fight the law to it's death.
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How well is it enforced? Or is it? What is the fine? Does it only cover certain age groups, or everyone? If a minor is cited for not wearing a helmet, who gets the fine, his parents? Why is this law in place? Is it to protect the city from law suits when someone suffers a head injury while not wearing a helmet?

Also does Texas have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law?
Texas motorcycle drivers can go helmetless if they are "at least 21 [18] years old and have successfully completed a motorcycle operator training and safety course under Chapter 662 or is covered by a health insurance planproviding the person with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or riding on a motorcycle." (quoted from the state law documents)

Dallas' bicycle helmet law is for all ages. I have been threatened twice with a citation when riding downtown. Once by a real cop, once by a transit policeman. On both occasions I was told they'd give me a ticket if they saw me again without a helmet. I suspect the only people hassled by this law are messengers downtown since lots of transit cops hang out downtown without much to do. Downtown is the only place cops walk around. In other parts of the city they are always in cars, so they'd have to pull the helmetless bicyclist over. They aren't going to go through the effort and they'd likely feel silly doing so. I have had a laugh with a Dallas cop on a train about the helmet law (as in he told me he could give me a ticket, but with sarcasm enough to make it obvious he felt it was a stupid statute and would never do so). My feel is that the average Dallas cop feels it beneath him/her to play nanny. Transit cops are more likely to embrace the role.

The fine? From a press release--"violators will be fined $10 for a first offense, a fine which will be waived when the bicyclist shows proof of purchasing a helmet. Higher fines will be assessed repeat offenders." I have read the max fine is $150 for repeat offenders, which is the amount the transit cop told me my first fine would be. People without basic research or thinking skills often assume no one has them.
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Judging from http://bicycleaustin.info/laws/helmet-tx.html, there is no statewide law, but there are attempts to pass one. See http://www.helmets.org/mandator.htm for various local laws, though.

There are always attempts to pass one. The helmet lobby would like nothing more than to have it mandatory that everyone need purchase their product.
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Where about is Teaxs anyways?

Pasadena (Texas) needs to pass a helmet law. Its scary how the only people I see wearing helmets are those over the age of 30.

Two weeks ago I was in Austin for the day. I saw a ice cream bike vendor wearing a hard hat for a helmet. I have wondered if cops would let that slip through if there was an all ages helmet law.
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Wearing a helmet seemed to put a lot of people off cycling but helmets look a lot & perform a lot better than they used to,I wear one now because i feel it is a good protection for my head ,my brain is having a job keeping up with the play when its at its best !
I used to wear a helmet because it was mandatory & I couldnt be bothered with arguments with the cops ect. but then I had a crash while taking a corner fast & had a front wheel wash out on wet leaves on concrete ( bad combo) & I body slammed onto the cement with my hip, snapping it off . When I got out of the hostpitial a week later I asked the missus if she recovered my helmet ,she said "yes , but you're going to need a new one when you,re able to ride again!" (thats not the exact words,she had quite a lot to say about me & my bleep bleep bikes as well!)
The outer shell was all scrapped away in places from the concrete & the inner core was crushed & split verticaly from above my left ear to the top centre of the helmet.Now although the head injury might or might not have been serious if I hadnt been wearing the helmet I,m sure it would have seriously complicated my treatment for the broken hip!
So now I wear the thing because it could save some degree of injury in an accident, a bit like a seatbelt in a car !
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