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Maritime Helmet Laws

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Maritime Helmet Laws

 

Helmet legislation is an effective tool in the prevention of brain injuries for children and families participating in wheeled activities.1

 

In Nova Scotia, for example, helmet use has actually increased since legislation was introduced.Maritime Provinces have not seen a large drop in the number of people who choose to cycle since helmet laws were proclaimed.

 

Nova Scotia:3

 

Helmets are mandatory for people of all ages when riding a bicycle, skateboarding, in-line skating, and scootering.
There is an approximate $25 fine which can be issued by police to those caught not wearing a helmet and can reach over $130 when factoring in court fees.

 

New Brunswick:4

 

Helmets are mandatory for people of all ages when riding a bicycle.
There is an approximate $21 fine which can be issued by police to those not wearing a helmet.

 

Prince Edward Island:

 

Helmets are mandatory for people of all ages when riding a bicycle.
Police can issue a $100 fine, which includes an additional $20 surcharge, to those not wearing a helmet.

 

Sources:

 

1. Leblanc, J., Beattie, T. & Culligan, C. (2002). Effect of legislation on the use of bicycle helmets. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 166(5), 592-595.

 

2. Macpherson, A., To, T., Macarthur, C., Chipman, M., Wright, J. & Parkin, P. (2002). Impact of mandatory helmet legislation on bicycle-related head injuries in children: A population-based study.Pediatrics, 110(5), e60.

 

3. Office of Legislative Council & Nova Scotia House of Assembly. (2012). Motor vehicle act. Government of Nova Scotia. Retrieved from http://nslegislature.ca/legc/statutes/motorv.htm.

 

4. Government of New Brunswick. (n.d.). Motor vehicle act. Retrieved from http://laws.gnb.ca/en/ShowPdf/cs/M-17.pdf. 

 

5. Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. (2011). Bicycle helmet safety. Government of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved from http://www.gov.pe.ca/tir/index.php3?number=1005111&lang=E.