Here is the ABATE Helmet Modification Bill (AB 1412). When writing letters have your members write the assembly transportation committee itself at room 4202, Sacramento, CA 95814, as well as the committee members. The fax number for the transportation committee is 1-916-445-6392. as a courtesy to those on the transportation committee that support us, ABATE Local 10 will not be flooding their offices with letters, just a thank you from the local.


BILL NUMBER: AB 1412, Introduced 02/28/97


INTRODUCED BY Assembly Members Ducheny, Morrow, Granlund, Bordonaro, Cardoza, and Oller (Coauthors: Senators Monteith and Peace)

FEBRUARY 28, 1997

An act to amend Section 27803 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1412, as introduced, Ducheny. Motorcycles: helmets.
Under existing law, it is unlawful for any person to operate a
motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle if the driver or
any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet. Existing law also
makes it unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle if the
driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet.
This bill would make the above prohibitions applicable only to
persons under 18 years of age. The bill would also delete a
statement of legislative intent regarding the wearing of safety
helmets.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION 1. Section 27803 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

27803. (a) A driver {+ under 18 years of age +} and any passenger
{+ under 18 years of age +} shall wear a safety helmet meeting
requirements established pursuant to Section 27802 when riding on a
motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.

(b) It is unlawful to operate a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or
motorized bicycle if the driver or any passenger is not wearing a
safety helmet as required by subdivision (a).

(c) It is unlawful to ride as a passenger on a motorcycle,
motor-driven {- cycles -} {+ cycle +} , or motorized bicycle if the
driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety helmet as required by
subdivision (a).

(d) This section applies to persons who are riding on motorcycles,
motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles operated on the highways.

(e) For the purposes of this section, "wear a safety helmet" or
"wearing a safety helmet" means having a safety helmet meeting the
requirements of Section 27802 on the person's head that is fastened
with the helmet straps and that is of a size that fits the wearing
person's head securely without excessive lateral or vertical
movement. {-

(f) In enacting this section, it is the intent of the Legislature
to ensure that all persons are provided with an additional safety
benefit while operating or riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle,
or motorized bicycle. -}


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