Florida Senate - 2011 SB 118 By Senator Bullard 39-00102-11 2011118__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to bicycle safety; amending s. 3 316.2065, F.S.; revising safety standard requirements 4 for bicycle helmets that must be worn by certain 5 riders and passengers; providing for enforcement of 6 requirements for bicycle lighting equipment; providing 7 penalties for violations; providing for dismissal of 8 the charge following a first offense under certain 9 circumstances; providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) and subsection 14 (8) of section 316.2065, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 15 316.2065 Bicycle regulations.— 16 (3) 17 (d) A bicycle rider or passenger who is under 16 years of 18 age must wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and is 19 fastened securely upon the passenger’s head by a strap, and that 20 meets the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets, final 21 rule, 16 C.F.R. part 1203. Helmets purchased before October 1, 22 2011, and meeting standards of the American National Standards 23 Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 Bicycle Helmet Standards), the standards 24 of the Snell Memorial Foundation (1984 Standard for Protective 25 Headgear for Use in Bicycling), or any other nationally 26 recognized standards for bicycle helmets adopted by the 27 department may continue to be worn by riders or passengers until 28 January 1, 2015. As used in this subsection, the term 29 “passenger” includes a child who is riding in a trailer or 30 semitrailer attached to a bicycle. 31 (8) Every bicycle in use between sunset and sunrise shall 32 be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light 33 visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a 34 lamp and reflector on the rear each exhibiting a red light 35 visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear. A bicycle or 36 its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition 37 to those required by this section. A law enforcement officer may 38 issue a bicycle safety brochure and a verbal warning to a 39 bicycle rider who violates this subsection. A bicycle rider who 40 violates this subsection may be issued a citation by a law 41 enforcement officer and assessed a fine for a pedestrian 42 violation, as provided in s. 318.18. The court shall dismiss the 43 charge against a bicycle rider for a first violation of this 44 subsection upon proof of purchase and installation of the proper 45 lighting equipment. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2011.