Adults in NJ Might Legally Need to Wear Helmets, First in Nation

By Matis Glenn


Adults in New Jersey would legally be obligated to wear helmets while using non-car transportation, in a new bill introduced into the state legislature.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblymembers Reginald Atkins, William Spearman, and Annette Chaparro – all Democrats – would require adults riding on bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards, to wear a helmet while operating the devices. If passed, New Jersey would be the first state in the country to have such laws.

This wouldn’t be the first time the Garden State has “trailblazed” in this issue; in 1992, New Jersey was the first state to require children under 14 to wear helmets. Many states followed suit, including New York, Florida, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Tennessee, though age requirements vary by state and county.

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