Protective helmets; ordinance to require every person wear when riding or being carried on bicycle. (SB1352)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Protective helmet ordinance. Provides that any locality may by ordinance require that every person shall wear a commercially manufactured protective helmet whenever riding or being carried on a bicycle, a skateboard, or roller skates on any publicly owned skate park facility. Violation of any such ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of $25. However, such fine shall be suspended under certain conditions. Violation of any such ordinance shall not constitute negligence or assumption of risk or be considered in mitigation of damages of whatever nature, be admissible in evidence, or be the subject of comment by counsel in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of the operation of any bicycle, skateboard, or roller skates, nor shall the provisions of the bill change any existing law, rule, or procedure pertaining to any civil action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2013Presented and ordered printed 13103686D
01/18/2013Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/29/2013Reported from Local Government (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/04/2013Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/11/2013Assigned CC & T sub: #2
02/15/2013Tabled in Counties, Cities and Towns


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


stephen writes:

I think these people need to deside for themselfs if they want to use a helmet, and not for the rest of us.