2018 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 32A - Children's Code
Article 24 - Child Helmet Safety Act
Section 32A-24-3 - Helmet use requirements; civil penalty.
A. It is unlawful for a parent or legal guardian of a minor to knowingly permit that minor to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle, skates, scooter or skateboard unless that minor wears a well-fitted protective bicycle helmet, fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet.
B. Except as provided in Subsection C of this section, a parent or legal guardian found guilty of violating Subsection A of this section shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten dollars ($10.00). Magistrate and municipal courts shall have concurrent jurisdiction.
C. If a violation of Subsection A of this section is a first offense, the magistrate or municipal court may issue a verbal warning or require, in lieu of the fine imposed in Subsection B of this section, that the person found in violation provide proof that a protective helmet has been purchased for use by the minor found on the bicycle, skates, scooter or skateboard without a protective helmet.
D. A municipal court may issue only a verbal warning for a first or later violation.
History: Laws 2007, ch. 66, § 3.
Effective dates. — Laws 2007, ch. 66, § 6 made the act effective July 1, 2007.