-- A new Indiana law taking effect this summer will require all children
under age 18 to wear a helmet while riding or operating an off-road vehicle.
The measure signed
into law last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb takes effect July 1.
The new law means
owners of off-road vehicles who allow children to ride the machines on
public or private land without wearing a helmet that meets federal safety
standards could face a Class C infraction and up to a $500 penalty.
The new law will
also mean changes at the Redbird and Interlake state recreation areas. Both
of those state-owned southern Indiana sites operate off-road-riding
Visitors to both
properties will have to bring approved helmets for any children who want to
ride ATVS there, or face expulsion.