National precedent: New Jersey Senate approves ski helmet law for minors

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 23, 2010 2:54 pm

California and New Jersey may be on completely opposite coasts, but their views on ski helmet laws couldn’t be more similar.

As we reported on Friday, the California Assembly recently passed SB880, a proposed law that would require minors to wear helmets while skiing or snowboarding, by the count of 42-20. The bill now waits in the Senate for a vote on Assembly amendments.

Just days after the Assembly passed the bill, California’s legislation is already being copied almost verbatim in other states. The New Jersey Senate today approved S130, a bill aimed at improving the safety of children on the slopes. The Senate approved S130 by a 33-2 vote, moving the proposed law to the state Assembly for consideration.

The NJ bill calls for not only fining parents or legal guardians of the offending party, but also supervising adults. Costs would range from $25 for the first offense, and up to $100 for future offenses.