1276. Operators to wear protective headgear. 1. No person shall ride upon, propel or otherwise operate an electric personal assistive mobility device unless such person is wearing a helmet meeting standards established by the commissioner pursuant to the provisions of subdivision two-a of section twelve hundred thirty-eight of this title. As used in this subdivision, wearing a helmet means having a properly fitting helmet fixed securely on the head of such wearer with the helmet straps securely fastened.
2. Any person who violates the provisions of subdivision one of this section shall pay a civil fine not to exceed fifty dollars.
3. The court shall waive any fine for which a person who violates the provisions of subdivision one of this section would be liable if such person supplies the court with proof that between the date of violation and the appearance date for such violation such person purchased or rented a helmet, which meets the requirements of subdivision one of this section, or if the court finds that due to reasons of economic hardship such person was unable to purchase a helmet or due to such economic hardship such person was unable to obtain a helmet from the statewide in-line skate and bicycle helmet distribution program, as established in section two hundred six of the public health law or a local distribution program. Such waiver of fine shall not apply to a second or subsequent conviction under subdivision one of this section.
4. The failure of any person to comply with the provisions of this section shall not constitute contributory negligence or assumption of risk, and shall not in any way bar, preclude or foreclose an action for personal injury or wrongful death by or on behalf of such person, nor in any way diminish or reduce the damages recoverable in any such action.
5. A police officer shall only issue a summons for a violation of subdivision one of this section by a person less than fourteen years of age to the parent or guardian of such person if the violation by such person occurs in the presence of such person's parent or guardian and where such parent or guardian is eighteen years of age or older. Such summons shall only be issued to such parent or guardian, and shall not be issued to the person less than fourteen years of age.
Last modified: February 3, 2019