Town of Sykesville, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Sykesville 7-10-1995 by Ord. No. 203; amended in its entirety 6-9-2003 by Ord. No. 236. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall hereinafter be referred to as the "Helmet Safety Law."
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall be applicable throughout the Town of Sykesville on public rights-of-way and publicly owned facilities under the jurisdiction of the Town, such as Town parks, linear parkways, etc.
B. 
No person, regardless of age, shall knowingly violate this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BICYCLE
A light vehicle:
A. 
Designed to be propelled only by physical exertion (human power);
B. 
Upon which any person may ride, designed to carry one or more persons; and
C. 
Having two wheels, one behind the other, one which is 16 or more inches in diameter. It shall not include motor-propelled vehicles.
HELMET
A protective helmet designed for bicycle, scooter, skates, skateboard, and/or motorized scooter operators and that is approved by the American National Standards Institute, or found by the Director of the Department of Transportation to meet an equivalent standard.
MOTORIZED SCOOTER
A vehicle that:
[Amended 5-24-2004 by Ord. No. 245]
A. 
Has handlebars;
B. 
Is designed to be stood upon or sat upon, if equipped with a seat, by the operator; and
C. 
Is propelled by a motor with a rating of 2.7 braking horsepower or less, or a capacity of 50 cubic centimeters position displacement or less, if the motor is an internal combustion engine.
SCOOTER
A two-wheeled vehicle that:
A. 
Has handlebars;
B. 
Is designed to be stood upon by the operator; and
C. 
Is propelled only by physical exertion (human power).
SKATEBOARD
A four-wheeled vehicle comprised of a narrow board with wheels attached that:
A. 
Is designed to be stood upon by the operator;
B. 
Is propelled only by physical exertion (human power); or
C. 
Is propelled by a motor.
SKATES
Four-wheeled or multiple-inline-wheeled vehicle that is propelled only by physical exertion (human power). This definition is intended to include both roller skates and roller blades.
[Amended 3-26-2012 by Ord. No. 280]
Any person under the age of 17, while in the Town limits of Sykesville, operating, riding, or using a bicycle, scooter, skates, skateboard or motorized scooter on a public roadway, bicycle path, linear parkway, Town park, or any right-of-way under the jurisdiction and control of the Town shall wear a protective helmet designed for public safety. Such a helmet shall meet or exceed the standards set by the American National Standards Institute or the Director of the Department of Transportation standards.
[Amended 5-24-2004 by Ord. No. 245]
Any person operating a bicycle or a motorized scooter shall comply with all state, county, and municipal traffic laws.
[Amended 5-24-2004 by Ord. No. 245]
It shall be the duty of the Sykesville Police Department or any other agency or Code Enforcement Official designated by the Mayor and Town Council to enforce the Helmet Safety Law and its provisions. Enforcement may also include public education, including talks to community groups and education flyers.
[Amended 5-24-2004 by Ord. No. 245; 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 247]
A violation of the provisions of this chapter shall constitute a municipal infraction. The penalties for such municipal infraction shall be as follows:
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First offense: A warning by a written citation shall be issued to any person found violating this chapter for the first time.
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Second offense: A second violation shall constitute a Class A municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
C. 
Third offense: A third violation shall constitute a Class B municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
D. 
Fourth and subsequent offenses: A fourth and all subsequent violations shall constitute a Class C municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions. In addition, the bicycle, scooter, skates, skateboard and/or motorized scooter of any such repeat offender may be impounded until the fine is paid.