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New Indiana ATV helmet law kicks in this weekend

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CORYDON, Ind. (WDRB) – Indiana Conservation Officers are spreading the word before a new off-road vehicle helmet law takes effect this weekend.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the law in April, and it kicks into gear July 1. It requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding any type of off-road vehicle on all public and private properties.

“That includes a two-wheel dirt bike, a three-wheeler, a four-wheeler, a side-by-side, any other type of utility vehicle," said DNR District 8 Conservation Officer Jim Hash. "All of what we consider an ORV or off-road vehicle."

If a person under 18 is caught without a helmet, and that person has a driver’s license, then that driver could be cited and fined. If the child does not have a driver’s license or is riding with another person, then the adult driver or owner could be cited and fined. This citation can carry a fine of up to $500.

Hash said the new law is not designed to stifle anyone’s fun but to keep everyone safe by preventing brain injuries, serious bodily injuries or fatalities.

"We want to actually educate the public and get them to realize that safety is paramount,” Hash said.

DNR District 8 sees an average of 250 ATV accidents every year. Hash said the majority of those involved kids under 18. So he hopes this new law will help change that.

“The whole purpose of this law is to make sure there is something in place to help protect them,” Hash said. “We just want people to be safe while they’re doing it.” 

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